Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Message from Sen. Tarr re: beach scraping

To: Interested Parties

From: Senator Bruce Tarr

Re: Meeting to Address Beach Scraping Report

Since elements of the recently developed report of available information on beach scraping have become known and/or publicized, the need to address this report in a focused meeting dedicated to this subject has become clear. Thus, that meeting will occur as follows:

Date: Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: PITA Hall, PI

This meeting will be an opportunity for all of us to discuss the report with such state officials as Deerin Babb-Brott and Undersecretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Philip Griffiths. It is important that we confront any issues with the report directly, rather than allow them to fester and predominate over the many other issues we must deal with (dredging project, etc.) in a timely fashion.

We must also place the report into context, and understand that it does not constitute a ruling on the scraping project we have proposed, but is rather a compilation of scientific information that can and will be used to evaluate our proposal, and potentially aid in its design and approval criteria.

In order to ensure informed and engaging public discussion on these subjects, I am attaching to this memo a copy of the report, and the Town of Newbury has posted this report on its web site also.

My goal is for us to engage fully in discussing and understanding this report for what it is, and to have the meeting with a clear sense of direction about how we are going to proceed on this topic of beach scraping. Doing so is not only important to the success of any possible scraping project, but also to being able to move ahead with the critical “204” dredging project without unnecessary distraction.

I urge all interested parties to attend and participate in this meeting, and to be prepared to discuss how we might proceed in the collaborative way that has brought us so far on the beach.

Cynthia L. Lewis

Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Special Projects

Office of Senator Bruce E. Tarr

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