, Newburyport, MA

March 27, 2013

No guarantees on a barrier beach

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Finally, someone has written an article in The Daily News that explains what is happening on Plum Island and the Salisbury area.

When anyone builds on a barrier beach they have to appreciate what they have now, as there are no guarantees that a barrier beach will not change with time. I guess the mind-set changed over the years from when the cottages were seasonal and we would pack up the cars and spend the day at Plum Island, to year-round living in very expensive homes. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to lose your home, but the blame game has really gotten old.

Now it’s time to rebuild the dunes, build homes farther away from the beachfront and maybe just enjoy Plum Island for what it is and always has been. I really hope everyone who opened the paper today (Friday, March 15) reads every word of Bill Plante’s article and learns from it.

Mary Lou Hanley

Merrimac (formerly of Newburyport)