BY ANGELJEAN CHIARAMIDA
---- — SALISBURY — State legislators rescued damaged portions of Salisbury Beach on Tuesday when they overrode a gubernatorial veto, restoring $300,000 to the state budget to be used to buy sand to replenish storm-ravaged dunes.
“Salisbury Beach is one of the most important natural resources in the state and a critical economic driver for the entire region,” said state Rep. Michael Costello, D-Newburyport. “Spending money to address the serious erosion that occurred there was clearly a top priority for me. I am pleased that my colleagues joined me in supporting this important resource.”
Costello, along with state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, fought to have the funding for Salisbury Beach earmarked in the state budget initially. Both considered the money vital to the overall health and longevity of the beach, as well as the private homes that border the dunes.
But after Gov. Deval Patrick included the money in $400 million worth of line items he vetoed, they had to battle again to have the issues considered for an override vote, which needed two-thirds approval in both houses to restore the money.
“With this successful veto override, Salisbury Beach will receive $300,000 for sand renourishment, critical to bolstering the dunes and filling in gaps to address storm damage,” O’Connor Ives said.
Patrick also vetoed $90,000 intended for Newburyport-based C-10 Research and Education Foundation to continue its radiological monitoring of NextEra Energy Seabrook nuclear power plant. Again, that money was restored Tuesday through another successful override campaign.
O’Connor Ives said she was “relieved” the funding was restored to C-10.
“C-10 is the only organization doing this radiation monitoring and with the Legislature’s restoration of this funding, they can continue this important public safety work,” she said.
Costello said C-10 remains an important part of ensuring the public safety of residents in Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury and surrounding communities.
“With the ongoing concrete issues at Seabrook and relicensing of the plant on the horizon, (C-10’s) vigilance is critical,” Costello said.