NAHANT CAUSEWAY CONSTRUCTION - TO RESTRICT BEACH USE (HIGHER PARKING FEES COMING SOON

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"Nahant, MA Residents Must Seek Alt. Routes
For those of you who don’t know, Nahant, Massachusetts is an island off of the Lynn shore. It hosts a lot of old people and up tight assholes. We tend to leave them alone, but the stupidity over there is pretty funny in this case.

If you haven’t noticed already, at the beginning of the Nahant Causeway you’ll see a road construction sign that says, “June 10 Construction. Seek Alt. Routes.” Well, holy shit! Seek an alternate route? On Nahant? Whhhhaaaaaaa? You heard it folks. If you want off that rock, you better get your swimsuits on, or take the courtesy shuttles Gullible 1 and Gullible 2, which will be located at Swallows Cave and Lewis Cove. For the rich, there will be private helicopters leaving the island every other day starting Friday, June 11th, which takes off from Bear Pond.

Come on people! Would you think! No one is seeking an alternate route during this reconstruction of the Causeway. If anything, they’ll shut down one side of the Causeway and make the other side a two way road. Shit. 4,000 nervous nellies over there. Relax. It will be ok. I can only imagine how many phone calls are coming in to the police about this. I hope jokes are flying left and right over there.

From what we’ve heard, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, who are heading up this operation, will be changing the wording of the sign for you up tight assholes."

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Nahant moving to take over Nahant (Long Beach)

Here you can read from www.boston.com story posted from 2003 and looks like this is becoming a reality under a guise of poor excuses of weeds and grass along the causeway. Nahant officials looking take control of DCR Beach to make $$$$$$$$.

Town seeks better causeway control
Volunteers sought for cleanup work
By David Rattigan, Globe Correspondent, 9/14/2003

Weeds and wild grass grow high from the cracks in the cement and along the walls of the Nahant causeway. On the Nahant end, the vegetation traps Styrofoam cups and food wrappers. WHY DON'T YOU JERKS CLEAN UP DOGGY BEACH IF YOU ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT APPEARANCES?

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"It's an eyesore, said selectman Richard Lombard. "There are weeds everywhere; they've overgrown the guardrail. It's just a disgrace.

"And that's the entrance to the town," he added. "Our beautiful little town."

The causeway connects Lynn to Nahant, and borders the Nahant Beach Reservation, owned by the state and managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (and formerly managed by the Metropolitan District Commission).

To deal with the latest problem in that area, Lombard is organizing a day-long cleanup of the weeds and trash on the causeway. Meanwhile, town officials and local legislators are focused on correcting issues both on that stretch of road and the Nahant Beach Reservation that borders it.

On the causeway itself, weeds aren't the only problem. There are potholes on the street and the walls are crumbling at some spots. There are cracks in the catch basins, and drainage issues that lead to flooding on the street.

On the beach, a lack of trash pickup was a big issue this summer.

"We need a comprehensive plan for the entire reservation," said state Representative Steven Walsh of Lynn, who with state Senator Thomas M. McGee and state Representative Robert F. Fennell, both of Lynn, is supporting measures that address the physical state of the causeway and the maintenance issues at the Nahant Beach Reservation. "We should look at the whole parcel, from one end to the other, and find the best solution."

At the same time, town officials are considering their own remedies. Mark Cullinan, the town administrator, has suggested that Nahant investigate making a bid to run the parking lot at the beach. The town made an unsuccessful bid in 1999, the last time the contract was awarded.

A bill filed last December by McGee and Fennell would make the collection and removal of trash from the entire state-owned reservation the responsibility of the firm hired to collect parking fees. Currently, the vendor is responsible for picking up litter from the parking lot, but the Department of Conservation and Recreation is responsible for maintaining the beach and emptying trash barrels for the entire reservation.

"I know if the town of Nahant took it over, they'd keep the beach clean," said Frank Valeri, McGee's chief of staff. It's frustrating to hear negative comments about the beach reservation area."

The legislators also are supporting a $11.8-$13.7 million causeway reconstruction project originally proposed by McGee, who at the time was a state representative, and then-Senator Edward Clancy Jr., who is now the Lynn mayor. Currently in the design stage, the project would address drainage and catch basin issues that would reduce flooding and subsequent damage on the causeway while also rebuilding the dunes at the beach and rebuilding the parking lot. A rebuilt causeway also would eliminate many of the weeds and overgrowth on the causeway now, said Walsh, who added that the project might begin in 18 months, though, "the way the economy is, that might be somewhat optimistic."

Walsh noted that he, McGee, and Fennell have also had discussions about addressing the algae situation in area waters, which frequently causes an odor on shore. "All of these issues are correctable," Walsh said.

Cullinan said that while the town is considering bidding for the parking contract, it will analyze the costs and responsibilities first. "There is a cost issue," selectman Michael Manning noted. "The cost for getting rid of trash is not insignificant."

However, running the parking lot itself might provide revenue from an area that the town already has some involvement with, officials noted. "As it is, we supply fire, police, and we were supplying the animal control officer," when a large snake was found on the beach earlier this summer, Lombard said. "They also call us for medical aid. We might as well get the revenue."

Earlier this summer, officials in Nahant and Lynn had complaints about the lack of trash collection at the beach. Lombard and Manning both say the state Department of Conservation and Recreation has done a better cleanup job over the past several weeks, after selectmen aired their concerns during a meeting concerning another project. Lombard said someone lit a fire under the department. "That's what needed to be done."

For the short term, Lombard is organizing volunteers, including, he hopes, some of the town's landscapers, to clean up the inbound and outbound lanes of the causeway. Lombard has also talked with Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins, whom he said has agreed to send a group of 20-35 inmates to help with the daylong project.

Local landscapers may donate trimming equipment for the job, Lombard said. Police will assist with traffic control. "I'm trying to schedule it sometime within the next three or four weeks," said Lombard. "It has to be done."

Felix Browne, spokesperson for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, said that in a time of tight budgets and limited resources, the department's new Office of Public-Private Partnerships will seek to work with citizens' groups looking to address issues such as trash and weed cleanup. He encouraged groups to call the office's director, Betsy Shure Gross at 617-626-1117.

"There's a great deal of enthusiasm around Massachusetts for public resources such as parks and beaches," Browne said. "This is a difficult time for the state financially. The department acknowledges that and is looking at all possible ways to maintain all of our parks and recreation facilities to the highest possible standard."

This is the fifth year that selectmen have scheduled a cleanup on the causeway according to Lombard, who said the cleanup should be done by the state.

"We can go around and around with that, and never get anything done," he said. "The weeds are so high, there might as well be Christmas lights on them."

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS, TOWN OF NAHANT OFFICIALS ARE HEARING THE CASH REGISTER BELLS ALREADY....CHA CHA CHA CHINNNNNNNNGGGGGG! PARKING FEES LIKELY TO GO UP WHEN THEY GET THEIR HANDS ON CONTROL OVER A PROJECT FUNDED WITH TAXPAYER MONEY THAT YOU'LL ONLY END UP PAYING MORE. MOST LIKEY GOING TO GET BILKED FROM THE UNION CONTRACTS EXTENDED TO MA UNION CRONIES AND LOBBYISTS.

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Skipper, wft are you saying?

Skipper, wft are you saying?

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Causway Construction

Jean, The DCR's actions on limiting public access to State owned beaches is clearly influenced by the private sector and greedy city and town officials. Because I live close to 5 DCR state owned beaches I have noticed changes in accessibility with questionable influence from city officials in the area. The Nahant Causeway project is to begin this month but so far zip. What the Causeway project when complete will do is eventually limit traffic to two lanes. One up and one down. That means more traffic. There will be a walk & bike path on the on the bay side facing Revere and Lynn from the Dunkin Donuts down to the Bathhouse at Nahant Beach. The road/causeway will be pushed into the Nahant Parking lot thus eliminating a couple hundred parking spots. The walk way sounds like a good idea right? Don't hold your breath that just icing for masses. The town of Nahant has been seeking to take control of (Long Beach aka Nahant) so they can charge people to pay $15 (hypothetical estimate) to park at a State owned recreation facility. It will happen when they do get the parking lot contract.

The Causeway project has been conjured up to be a beautification project under the smokescreen of miniscule complaints over the years about the causeway's appearance like weeds, shrubs, trash and some decay but the reality is that most people that use the causeway are residents drag racing to Nahant at 70mph until the last bend where the police radar can catch you. I'm sure they are not paying attention to the weeds but you know that view is priceless and they want to cash in on it at our expense. I'm saying Jean exclusivity seems to be taking hold of local public policy at our expense and that we are going to loose out or get the shortest straw.

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Let us know what Masskiting

Let us know what Masskiting can do to help maintain access open to this most excellent kite launch.

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