The volunteers were working for the town's Department of Natural Resources and I'm grateful to its Director Chris Miller for allowing me to reproduce these images. His report on the Americorps young people's achievement in tidying up the coastline is at http://www.town.brewster.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=971:americorp-in-brewster-last-week-shellfish-beach-cleanup-and-wings-island-trail-work-20100517&catid=72:natural-resources-a-shellfish&Itemid=98s-a-shellfish&Itemid=98
Last August it was reported that Budleigh resident Keith Beaney wanted to set up a weekend stand in the Lime Kiln car park at the eastern end of Budleigh beach, where he would sell griddled fresh fish sourced from local suppliers. Budleigh Salterton Town Council apparently said that the proposal raised health and safety concerns because the cooking process required a charcoal burning griddle, and some people who call themselves the East Devon District Council's Street Scene team also opposed the idea because they thought it could exacerbate the rat problem. That's odd because there are already permanently-erected barbecues like the one in the picture at the car park for public use. Admittedly one of them is a bit rusty and neglected-looking, but they have clearly been used recently.
Mr Beaney had apparently hoped to set up tables and chairs, with parasols, which I think sounds a rather fine idea. He planned to include mackerel, white bait, sea bass, crab and seafood kebabs on the menu, which would be available into the evening. And rather daringly he admitted that he was planning to apply for a licence to serve wine and cider.
Rather sadly it sounds as if the proposal has been dished, because as far as I know nothing more has been said about it in the local press.
"Our chefs will serve fresh oysters with delicious dressings in our courtyard, or prepared in a lunchtime special in our restaurant." To book a table in the restaurant, call 01395 567041. Or, just turn up on the day for oysters in the courtyard, weather permitting," they add.