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Norton to Hold Public Meeting on Future of D.C.’s Beach Drive

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will hold a community meeting on whether to close Beach Drive permanently to vehicle traffic.

The Democratic congresswoman’s virtual meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 29, is planned more than a week before the National Park Service will hold a public hearing on the future management of Beach Drive from Broad Ranch Road NW to the Maryland border.

Beach Drive has remained closed since early 2020.

Though Norton initially supported the closure in order to give residents more outdoor space during the coronavirus pandemic, she was eventually swayed by constituents who would like the road reopened to vehicles.

“This meeting will provide a chance for both sides to speak and make their respective cases before a final decision is made,” Norton’s office said in an issued statement.

Park Service officials said in a news release that it would offer to the public a range of alternatives for potential changes to northern Beach Drive.

Officials said residents would have the option of “no change” and refine the choices and present a revised menu to the public by fall.

To register for Norton’s virtual meeting, email NortonEvents@mail.house.gov.

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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