Metropolitan Beaches Commission

The State House

Boston, Massachusetts 02133

 

Agenda for Metropolitan Beaches Commission Hearing on June 6, 2016
The State House, Room 222
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

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

 

 

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Media Advisory for the June 7th hearing

 

Metropolitan Beaches Commission History and Accomplishments

 

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



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

 

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

 

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.


The Commission is co-chaired by Senator Tom McGee of Lynn and Representative RoseLee Vincent of Revere,
and is led and managed by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

 

Here is a list of Metropolitan Beaches Commissioners


Senator Thomas McGee
Co-Chair
Third Essex

Representative RoseLee Vincent
Co-Chair
Sixteenth Suffolk

Mounzer Aylouche
Deputy Harbormaster, Swampscott

 

Kip Becker
Boston University

 

Barbara Bishop
Speaker DeLeo’s Office

 

Representative Garrett J. Bradley
Third Plymouth

Jeffrey Chelgren
Town Administrator, Nahant

 

Representative Nicholas P. Collins
Fourth Suffolk

 

Representative Brendan P. Crighton
Eleventh Essex

 

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry
First Suffolk

 

Paul S. Grogan
The Boston Foundation

 

Douglas S. Gutro
Quincy City Council

 

Carol Haney
Revere Resident

 

Representative Daniel Hunt
Thirteenth Suffolk

 

Senator John F. Keenan
Norfolk & Plymouth

 

Manny Lopes
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

 

Representative Adrian Madaro
First Suffolk

 

Chris Marchi
East Boston Community Advocate

 

Joan Meschino
Hull Resident

 

Paul F. Nutting
Savin Hill Shores, Dorchester

 

Samantha Overton
Department of Conservation and Recreation

 

Kathi-Anne Reinstein
Boston Beer Company

Kenny Ryan
McDonough Sailing Center, South Boston

 

Robert Tucker
Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach

Representative Donald Wong
Ninth Essex

 


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 Commission held 10 public hearings - two at the State House
and 8 in Boston's waterfront neigboroods and the region's beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket.
Nearly 1,000 people attended a hearing, and shared their thoughts about how to improve their beach.

Early in 2014 the Commission invited all those who took part in the process to review our findings and recommendations,
to make certain that we got it right before we released our final report.

The Commission would like to thank all of those who took part in the hearings and helped to shape the findings and recommendations contained in our report. We would like to thank former State Senator Jack Hart and former State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein for their outstanding service as Co-Chairs of the Commission. Thanks as well to Patty Foley and Bruce Berman of Save the Harbor Save the Bay and David Spillane of Goody Clancy for their help in leading and managing the hearings and producing this report.

On this site you can find copies of the Commission's report as well as other documents including the
hearing minutes, pubic comments, technical reports and appendices on which this report is based.

The Commission urges you to get involved, and send your suggestions and comments to info@savetheharbor.org

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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

 

 

 

  Background
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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