The Southampton Town Parks Department has rolled out a new beach rake, which will no doubt be pressed into service when the crowds thin out following the extended July 4 weekend.
“This rake will make it easier for crews to groom our beaches and make them safe for everyone,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who gave the equipment a test run, according to a town release.
The new Barber 400 HD Surf Rake will be used in conjunction with a beach rake the town already has. The additional rake will help the town’s parks crews groom the public beaches two to three times a week and make it easier to use one rake east of the canal and one west of the canal.
“The new beach rake will help us improve the beaches and make them safe for everyone to enjoy, said Parks Director Kristen Doulos.
The rake cost $48,000, and the tractor that pulls it cost another $40,000. The rake can clean the beach to a depth of 6 inches and can remove glass, wood and other debris.