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Metropolitan Beaches Commission wants to hear from local residents

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 6, 2013 01:12 PM

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Swimmers headed into the waters of Tenean Beach during the annual Brian Leahy Memorial Polar Bear Plunge.


The Metropolitan Beaches Commission, which evaluates and provides recommendations on the Commonwealth’s beaches, wants to hear from South Boston and Dorchester residents.

In a release the commission, formed in 2006 by the Massachusetts Legislature, called on residents to provide further insight on the Department of Conservation and Recreation beaches found in their neighborhood.

The commission already held community meetings in South Boston and Dorchester over the summer, but would like further input from residents via an online survey.

“The community hearings focused on the important contribution these beaches make to the quality of life in our communities and the region,” Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein, co-chair of the commission, said in a statement. “Residents of our waterfront communities are deeply involved and committed to ensuring the long-term success of their beaches and it was important for the Commission to hear directly from each community.”

The information collected through the survey and the community meetings will be used to guide the commission's report. The report, expected to be released in 2014, will review 14 beaches from Revere to Nahant and will include both recommendations for way to improve the waterfront recreation areas, as well as highlight areas where DCR is doing a good job.

“We continue to seek ways that we can move these beaches from good towards great” Senator Tom McGee, co-chair of the commission, said in a statement. “Area beaches have significant local and regional impacts and we intend to build on the success of our work in 2007 by finding new ways to enhance public access, increase beach programs, expand water transportation and improve water quality and beach flagging that will benefit residents and tourists alike.”

A regional community meeting is expected to be held in early-2014 to give residents an opportunity review the commission’s findings before a final report is released in the spring of 2014.

First formed in 2006, the commission is managed by the non-profit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. It is tasked with evaluating conditions at the 14 DCR beaches that dot the Massachusetts coastline. It released its first report in 2007 and reconvened in 2013 to generate its second report.

To access the survey, click here.

To read more about the South Boston community meeting, click here.

To read more about the Dorchester community meeting, click here.

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