Brewster MA voted to approve spending $ 26 million for the Cape Cod Sea Camps property


BREWSTER – The city’s biggest purchase in history has been approved by the largest group of voters in city history.

On a brilliant Sunday afternoon on the baseball field at Stony Brook Elementary School, 1,471 participants agreed to spend $ 26 million to buy 111 acres of property at Cape Cod Sea Camps.

“I am delighted to be on the pitch where the Brewster Whitecaps won a trophy on behalf of the city where we now have another opportunity to secure another trophy on behalf of the city,” said the representative of the Timothy Whelan State, R-Brewster. towards the end of the meeting. “Join me today to vote yes.”

The Brewster Whitecaps baseball field behind Stony Brook Elementary School was taken over by voters at the city's special meeting on Sunday who approved the purchase of Cape Cod Sea Camps property.  To see more photos, visit

They did so in overwhelming numbers. The 1,471 voters set a record for participation in town halls, beating the debate over wind turbines more than a decade ago which had more than 1,100 voters.

While poster holders warned of a “money pit,” no one opposed the opposition except for one woman who worried about dog droppings on her property.

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Voters in the city must now approve a debt exclusion at the polls on October 5 to cover all bonds issued.

The $ 6 million expense for the 66-acre stretch of Long Pond off Highway 137 may not impact the tax bill.

Colleen Hamlin takes shelter from the sun under an umbrella as she looks through her Brewster Town Special Meeting on Sunday.

This parcel has 765 feet of frontage on Route 137 and 1,200 feet of mostly undeveloped frontage on Long Pond. It adjoins the 42-acre Robinson property that the city bought a few years ago. Almost half of the 66 acres are in a water protection district and the Water Department will contribute $ 250,000 towards the purchase. In addition, Brewster plans to use $ 1.75 million of available cash and borrow up to $ 4 million to cover the cost. The Brewster Conservation Trust pledged $ 1.75 million and the Massachusetts Audubon Society pledged $ 1.5 million. The remaining costs could be covered by short-term debt backed by available cash.

“The $ 4 million is for debt financing only,” Select board member Ned Chatelain told the crowd. “This is Brewster’s largest private property. ”

Brewster voters hold their blue voting cards to approve the first of three items to buy Cape Cod Sea Camps property at a special town meeting on Sunday.

“Benefits for the community”

“The acquisition by the city would bring substantial benefits to the community,” said Cindy Bingham, Select board member.

The plot has recreational potential for freshwater swimming and boating, and for conservation in partnership with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Brewster Conservation Trust. The land could also provide a place for affordable housing along Route 137 in partnership with the Brewster Affordable Housing Trust

Following the approval of this article, the town hall turned to the 54.7-acre flagship of Cape Cod Sea Camps, which has 820 feet of frontage along Route 6A and 800 feet of beach on the Cape Cod Bay. This beach, combined with the Spruce Hill shoreline, gives Brewster 1,400 feet of public beach. There are over 90 buildings on the property, as well as nine tennis courts, an outdoor pool, boathouses, and more.

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“The beach is beautiful and there is enough space for a parking area,” said Mary Chaffee, Select board member. “The area surrounding the pond is a great candidate for open space.”

Brewster also has over $ 800,000 in pledges for this property, not including an additional $ 1 million from Mass. Audubon.

The article went by with a standing ovation and cheers and soon, for the first time in 99 years, the Delahanty family will no longer own Cape Cod Sea Camps. Voters also spent $ 200,000 for property maintenance, security and insurance.

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