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July 23, 2013

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Earls sets up campaign website

City Councilor Greg Earls, who is running for mayor, has announced that his campaign website is up and operative.

It can be found at www.EarlsFor Mayor.com.

Earls said, “I am the first mayoral candidate to publish my platform and views on many of the issues facing our city.

“The site will be updated and expanded often during the campaign. Also, my campaign is on Facebook at EarlsForMayor.”

Herzog rejects waterfront housing

City Councilor Ari Herzog has weighed in on development of the central waterfront: He wants an open waterfront, with no housing or parking.

Herzog, on his website, says that “Housing is not a park function. I reject any proposal involving housing.”

Herzog, an at-large councilor who has stated he is running for re-election, said that the NRA west lot has 1.7 acres and the east lot consists of about 2.4 acres. The Waterfront Trust parcel in the middle is about 3.4 acres.

Herzog stated, “The city does not own the NRA land ... I say the NRA should be disbanded and their land be transferred to the Waterfront Trust. This way, the city would own the entire 7.6 acres, managed by the Waterfront Trust and any cafes, etc. would be leased to the tenants, similar to the tenant relationship that the NRA has with the Custom House Maritime Museum.”

Note: The NRA owns the land in question and does not need permission of the City Council to proceed with construction plans that call for about 70,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and condominium units in three buildings.

Cronin: Outdoor dining not a problem

City officials appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach to pedestrian congestion on the east side of State Street now that restaurants have put tables and chairs on the sidewalk.

In front of Brine and Loretta, the latter at 27 State St., there are about five feet of sidewalk between tables and the curb.

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