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





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

Report Cover


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
Third Essex

Representative RoseLee Vincent
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

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


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 (


Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (


Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (


Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (PR Newswire)


Metropolitan Beaches Commission Reconvenes (


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


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



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




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