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November 12, 2012

A feast of new options in works to tempt city's taste buds

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Whether current restaurants can survive the influx of competition is another story, but it appears the destiny of the city is to expand at the junction of Green and Merrimac streets, until recently an intersection devoid of much activity save for road rage precipitated by near-collisions.

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On the subject of the waterfront, Mayor Donna Holaday recently surprised members of the Waterfront Trust by complaining about the organization’s water bill.

She appeared at the panel’s regular meeting and reported that the trust had rung up a bill of $17,613 for the period of April through October. The organization is responsible for watering Market Landing Park, among other expenses.

“And that was during a water ban,” Holaday said. “This amount is unacceptable.”

The Waterfront Trust has the funds to pay the bill — it reported it has $175,000 in its checking account.

But the sizable bill seems to have raised the question of whether the Waterfront Trust can be trusted with water.

Holaday also raised the question of whether the harbormaster, not the trust, should be supervising the docking of vessels on temporary floats adjacent to the municipal pier.

The now-departed Prince of Whales had docked on a private float during Hurricane Sandy, which annoyed many waterfront watchers in town.

No damage to city property was reported, but the mayor suggested that it would be better for a full-time harbormaster, rather than a volunteer board, to be in charge of all aspects of the waterfront.

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Meanwhile, city officials are contemplating the replacement of City Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives, who emerged victorious in the election for state Senate last week.

The rise of O’Connor Ives has been rapid and triumphant. From her primary victory, celebrated at the modest Hobo Lounge in Salisbury, to her final victory party at chandeliered DiBurro’s in Haverhill, her status has steadily increased. (What’s next if she wins re-election — swanky Anthony’s Pier 4?) And on the subject of elections, local races for next year’s council races should be lively.

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