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April 16, 2013

Standing-room-only crowd hears Salisbury selectman, moderator candidates

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When asked what role does Salisbury Beach play in their vision of Salisbury, Saab said the beach is what separates Salisbury from the surrounding communities and it should be the lifeblood of the town itself. Condon said the beach is the economic engine that will drive Salisbury back to prosperity.

Having grown up on Salisbury Breach, Hunt said he can envision a boardwalk, a pier and many different attractions on the beach. Laffely grew up in Maine and said he remembers a time when Salisbury Beach was a great attraction before gambling arrived. He urged the mile-long area be developed more by the town itself to become an excellent tax base. Moore said the beach is a diamond in the rough and stated that she would like to see more shops like those in Newburyport along the beach to draw in more visitors.

Beach erosion, building a new police station and taxes were also hot topics. Moore expressed an interest in a meals tax while Saab asserted that he would like to see the Planning Board’s role diminished.

A Salisbury selectman for nine years, Jerry Klima said he decided to run for town moderator because he felt it is time for a change. Klima also said that if elected he will be more effective in doing the things he wants to do such as helping with beach projects and the rail trail.

Salisbury native Ronnie Ray-Parrott said the values she was raised with drove her to run for moderator. Both candidates cited their previous experience (for Klima as a corporate attorney and Ray-Parrott as an expert on juvenile justice in North Carolina respectively) as reasons they would be able to keep order during Town Meetings.

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