Metropolitan Beaches Commission

The State House

Boston, Massachusetts 02133

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission was created in 2006 by the Massachusetts Legislature to take an in-depth look at the Boston metropolitan region's 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull which are managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

 

The Commission is comprised of elected officials and community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders from Boston and the metropolitan region's waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities. Its work is faciltated by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, which has served as lead consultant to the Commission since its inception.

In 2013, the Commission reconvened to examine the impacts of the reforms and recommendations made in its first report
and issue additional findings and recommendations to better leverage these resources for residents in the future.

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission was made permanent in 2015. Each year the Commission holds public hearings at the State House and in waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket, and issues an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and to DCR.

The Commision is Co-Chaired by Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn and Representative
RoseLee Vincent of Revere.

2018 MBC Commissioners

2018 Metropolitan Beaches Commissioners

Senator Brendan Crighton
Co-Chair
Third Essex

Representative RoseLee Vincent
Co-Chair
Sixteenth Suffolk

Barbara Bishop
Office of Speaker Robert DeLeo

Paul S. Grogan
The Boston Foundation
 
Douglas S. Gutro
Quincy Resident
 
Carol Haney
Revere Resident
 
Representative Daniel Hunt
Thirteenth Suffolk
 
Senator John F. Keenan
Norfolk & Plymouth

Daniel Kenary
Harpoon Brewery

Edward M. Lambert
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Representative Adrian Madaro
First Suffolk
 
Chris Marchi
East Boston Community Advocate

Jason McCann
Hull Resident
 
Representative Joan Meschino
Third Plymouth
 
Paul F. Nutting
Savin Hill Shores, Dorchester
 
Senator Patrick O’Connor
Plymouth and Norfolk

Kenny Ryan
McDonough Sailing Center, South Boston
 
Robert Tucker
Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach

Representative Donald Wong
Ninth Essex

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Archives

Download copies of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission's reports as well as other documents including hearing minutes, public comments, technical reports and appendices on which the reports are based.

2018 Materials

August 2, 2018 Metopolitan Beaches Commission Hearing in Quincy:

2018/MBC_Quincy_ Hearing_Summary_8_16_2018.docx
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Presentation to the MBC on August 2, 2018

June 18, 2018 MBC Hearing at the Massachusetts State House Materials:

Agenda for MBC Hearing on June 18, 2018
Summary of Hearing on June 18, 2018
DCR Commissioner's Presentation to the MBC on June 18, 2018

Boston Globe Article "The State of State Beaches"

2017 Materials

January 30, 2017 MBC State House Hearing

Agenda from MBC State House Hearing on January 30, 2017
Meeting Minutes from MBC State House Hearing on January 30, 2017

Boston Globe Op-Ed "A Public Treasure At Risk" by Paul Grogan and Patricia Foley


May 30, 2017 MBC Hearing in Lynn

Presentation to MBC at Lynn Hearing on May 30, 2017
Public Comment “Stickies” Summary from MBC Lynn Hearing on May 30, 2017

Older Reports and Documents

Metropolitan Beaches Commission History and Accomplishments

 

Report Cover

 

Download a copy of "Waves of Change"
the 2014 report of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission

 

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Download a copy of "Beaches We Can Be Proud Of"
the 2008 report of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission


Materials From 2016

 

Agenda for Metropolitan Beaches Commission Hearing on June 6, 2016

 

Invitation to the Metropolitan Beaches Commission hearing on Revere, Winthop, and East Boston on June 7, 2016

 

Media Advisory for the June 7, 2016 hearing

 

Materials From 2015

 

MBC Presentation for the Lynn and Nahant Hearing on November 7, 2015

 

Lynn and Nahant Hearing Summary

 

Lynn and Nahant Public Comments: "Stickies"


DCR Commissioner's Presentation to the MBC on October 26, 2015

 

 

Reports and Materials from 2014

Report Cover

 

Download a copy of "Waves of Change"
the 2014 report of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission

 

Download a summary of the budget and operations analysis conducted for the Commission by the
CPA firm of Raphael & Raphael, LLP or a copy of their complete report and technical appendices

 

Download a list of the capital projects the Commission has proposed for the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

 

Take an aerial video tour of the region's public beaches from Nahant To Nantasket

 

The Commission welcomes your suggestions. Please send them to info@savetheharbor.org

 

2013 Metropolitan Beaches Commission Public Hearings

March 18th, 2013 MBC Planning Meeting

  MBC Planning Meeting Minutes, March 18, 2013

 

Hearing 1, April 8, 2013 -The State House, Boston

MBC Hearing 1 Agenda and Background

 

Hearing Minutes - April 8, 2013

 

Panel 1 – DCR’s Perspective

 

DCR Commissioner Lambert’s Testimony / Powerpoint

 

Panel 2 – Partnerships and Programming

 

Patty Foley, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Hearing 1 Statement


Save the Harbor / Save the Bay’s Better Beaches 2012 Program Package

 

Save the Harbor / Save the Bay’s Youth Environmental Program Package

Carol Haney, Revere Beach Partnership, Hearing 1 Statement

 
Barry Welch, Quincy Department of Recreation, Hearing 1 Statement

Panel 3 – Water Quality and Beach Management

 

Dr. Judy Pederson, MIT Sea Grant, Hearing 1 Statement

 

Dr. Andrea Rex, MWRA, Hearing 1 Statement

 

Dr. Jim Shine, Harvard School of Public Health, Hearing 1 Statement

 

Water Quality Executive Summary

 

  Hearing 1 Press Coverage

 

Metropolitan Beaches Commission looking for public feedback (Boston Herald)

 

Metropolitan Beaches Commission looking for public feedback (Telegram.com)

 

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (Boston.com)

 

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (PressEnterprise.com)

 

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (PR Newswire)

 

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (ElPasoTimes.com)

 

State beaches commission wants users' opinion of Nantasket (Hull Times)

 

Hearing 2, May 13, 2013 - The State House, Boston

MBC Hearing 2 - Agenda


MBC Hearing 2 - Background

 

Meeting Minutes

 

Boston Business Journal :
Metropolitan Beaches Commission To Hold Public Hearings In Nine Communities This Summer

 

Community Hearings

Hearing 3 - Revere
Thursday, June 11, 2013 6-8
Jack Satter House, Revere

Agenda

Revere Beach Hearing Summary (2007)

Hearing Minutes (6/11/2013)

Public Comments (6/11/2013)

Media Coverage

 

Boston Globe (6/16/2013

Residents Report Improvements

 

NoBo Magazine (6/19/2013)

2013 Better Beaches Program Awards

 

Revere Daily Item (6/8/13)

Commission To Hold Hearing in Revere

 

Boston Globe 5/30/2013:
Commission weighs need for improvements to Hub's beaches

 

Revere Journal : Commission to Hold Public Hearing in Revere

 

Boston Globe 5/27/2013

Good Grades for Boston-area beaches, but concerns linger


Revere Journal Editorial

 

Hearing 4 - Hull
Wednesday July 17, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
Mary Jeanette Murray Bath House 204 Nantasket Avenue, Hull


Meeting Minutes

Public Comments

 

Hull Public Heaing Summary from 2007

 

Hearing 5 - Lynn and Nahant

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
North Shore Community College, Room T-102

 

Meeting Minutes

Public Comments

 

Lynn and Nahant Public Hearing Summary from 2007

 

Hearing 6 - East Boston

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
Orient Heights Yacht Club

 

Meeting Minutes

Public Comments

 

Hearing 7 - South Boston

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
Curley Community Center

 

Meeting Minutes

Public Comments

 

Hearing 8 - Quincy

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
Kennedy Senior Center

 

Meeting Minutes

Public Comments

 

Hearing 9 - Winthrop

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
DeLeo Senior Center

 

Meeting Minutes

Public Comments

 

Hearing 10 - Dorchester

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
BC High School

 

Meeting Minutes

Public Comments

 

 

February 1, 2014 Regional Meeting

 

Download a PDF of the Feb 1, 2014 Powerpoint Presentation for review and comment


Download a PDF of the Community Summaries for review and comment

 

Regional Meeting Minutes

 

Regional Meeting Sticky Summary


Reports and Articles from 2007

 

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Download a copy of the Commission's 2007 report
"Beaches We Can Be Proud Of"

Raphael and Raphael 2007 Metropolitan Beaches Budget and Operations Analysis

Boston Globe article from 2007 highlights the findings MBC’s report

 
Boston Globe editorial from 2007 on the value of the region's beaches

 

For more information on the Metropolitan Beaches Commission please contact
Save the Harbor / Save the Bay at 617-451-2860 or send an email to info@savetheharbor.org

 

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