Selectmen to Chat About Expanding Harbor Panel's Role

Members of the advisory board would like to make recommendations for the entire waterfront not just the Fisherman's Beach area.


Selectmen on Wednesday will consider expanding the charge of the Harbor Advisory Committee to the town's entire waterfront from the Lynn to the Marblehead town lines.

The selectmen's liaison, Glenn Kessler, will propose the idea. The action would need a majority vote from selectmen.

Expansion of the panel would also represent a sea change of sorts.

Less than a year ago — back in January — selectmen talked about dissolving the committee. And long before that discussion the previous town administrator, Andrew Maylor, and the harbormaster, Larry Bithell, knocked heads over dredging and other waterfront issues.

But Kessler said the advisory panel, which has some new blood, has the expertise and desire to study and make recommendations for improvements beyond those at Fisherman's Beach.

"As liaison I have spoken with them at length, and they say their charge is limiting in that it is only for the Fisherman’s Beach area," the selectman said.

The panel is interested in inviting elected state officials to tour sea walls, located in various spots along the Swampscott waterfront, for possible improvements.

The panelists would like to act as a springboard for the town considering more amenities for boaters such as places to fuel their vessels and get potable water, he said.

Expanded mooring areas might be another topic to tackle, he said.

There is broad support on the committee for expanding their role, he said.

The new name might become the Waterfront and Harbor Advisory Committee.

Selectmen meet Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Town Hall.

Jimmy Hoffa October 03, 2012 at 11:28 AM
This is the most dis-functional committee in town. They can't handle wht they have in an appropriate manner never mind expand their responsibilities and oversight. Let them prove they can do their task at hand, then maybe consider expanding the role.
Glenn Kessler October 03, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Jimmy H, Instead of criticizing your fellow residents (with which I disagree with your premise), we have an opening for an alternate member and I would encourage you to join us. We have a diverse group of individuals on the committee that are working together on waterfront issues, so volunteer and lend a hand! It's how we make our town a better place to live.
John B Goode October 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Oh goody, we'll need more condos to pay for new sea walls.
Al Capone October 03, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I agree with Jimmy and JBG. Lets stick to getting the small picture right before we talk about a bigger picture.
If the committee could get one of the following things accomplished, I would be very impressed: A paddleboard or kayak concession at either Eisman or fisherman's beach. Foot rinse at any beach. Licensed food concession at any beach. Beach umbrella/beach chair concession at any beach. Improved parking at Eisman's beach.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »