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Denial of Gerry Island development okayed by state

November 29, 2011

There won’t be any new building on Gerry Island. Our Conservation Commission’s decision to deny, despite strong opposition from the developer, was verified and upheld in Boston by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. No “gravel ramp.” No permanent roadway to the island. Chairman of the Marblehead Conservation Committee said, “I was encouraged by it.”1 It’s nice when the state agrees with a town about waterfront and wetland development restrictions. Despite the fact that the committee’s paperwork was not quite detailed enough,  the DEP called a halt to the discussion with a resounding “no.” Hopefully that will be the end of it, but where business is involved and the fragile coastline is at stake, you never know.

  1. The Salem News, 11/29/11, p.2., Michael Phillis []

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