Give Hampton Beach a hand
Hampton Beach was chosen as the top beach in New England and one of the top six beaches in the country through a poll on The Weather Channel's Facebook page, which has more than 1.5 million fans.
"I think all the efforts we've been doing to improve the beach down here are starting to pay off," Chuck Rage, chairman of the Hampton Beach Village District Commission, said.
"All these different entities down there, the district, the town, the chamber and the state, we're all working very closely as a team to improve things down there," he said.
Vic and Donna Ceccarini of Worcester, Mass., were enjoying a day at the beach on Thursday with Donna's mother, Rose Ricardi, as they do many days each summer.
He has been coming to Hampton Beach since he was a child, and recalled his days of collecting bottles on the beach with friends to redeem for two cents each so they could play in the arcade.
He also appreciates the improvements made to the beach and the state of New Hampshire's commitment to taking care of its recreational areas, he said, resting beneath one of the new shade awnings near the shore.
She said they are regular visitors to the beach in the summer, whether for the water, the weekly Wednesday night fireworks, the free, live, nightly music at the Seashell Stage or to view the sand sculptures created during the Master Sand Sculpting Competition each June.
The lively beach scene was one of the many reasons, Hampton Beach was selected, in addition to the many happenings, businesses and restaurants that line the coast.
The beach is also consistently ranked as one of the cleanest in the country for water quality by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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