, Newburyport, MA

January 24, 2014

Residents urged to attend waterfront forum

Dyke Hendrickson
Staff writer

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport Forward, a local nonprofit group, is urging citizens to attend a meeting next week at City Hall designed to hear residents’ suggestions about the future of the central waterfront.

The Planning and Development Committee of the City Council is hosting a public session Tuesday in City Hall auditorium at 7 p.m.

Newburyport Forward leaders, including local marketing executive David Strand, say the mission of the group is to “rally support around endeavors that will ensure the city’s economic vitality and sustainability as well as to deepen the connection to its maritime history.”

The Jan. 28 meeting was scheduled ahead of a session to be hosted by Mayor Donna Holaday on Wednesday, Feb. 5, also at City Hall.

The mayor’s meeting was designed to provide information to the City Council and to city staff about the central waterfront.

Residents will not be allowed to comment at that session, but the mayor has said public input will be solicited in the future.

The Newburyport Redevelopment Authority, which owns 4.2 acres on the riverfront, recently reached out to City Hall to solicit the views of city leaders about the central waterfront.

Several meetings are planned in coming weeks to discuss the matter, which itself has been under discussion for many years.