**FILE** D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (Courtesy of NNPA)
**FILE** D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (Courtesy of NNPA)

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 is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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