The island has no long-term salvation, as long as sea levels continue to rise. But there are short-term solutions. One is the repair of the south jetty, which is underway now. It is expected to be completed by early spring. This repair is expected to change the erosion patterns on the island in a favorable way.
A more substantial aid could come from tens of thousands of tons of sand that are expected to be dumped off the island. This sand comes from New Hampshire’s Piscataqua River, which will be undergoing a significant dredging within the next three years. That is a long time to wait, but hopefully the anti-erosion techniques that have been applied to the island thus far will hold until then.
Amesbury: The city has had one of the most grueling elections it has ever seen. Mayor-elect Ken Gray has emerged the victor by a margin of a mere three votes. Neither of the two dominant political groups in Amesbury have a majority of power on the City Council.
This could be a recipe for disaster, given the turmoil that has occurred in the city’s past when these two political blocs have faced off. However, we feel that Gray has a genuine desire to bridge the gap and work with both sides toward a common goal — improving the city’s schools and controlling its taxes. Gray has been careful to reach out to both camps, to articulate his visions and, most importantly, to enter office with a degree of patience.
This will be a year of transition in Amesbury. Both sides will have to work together for the common good. We think that both sides have an earnest interest in building on Amesbury’s progress. It will be up to them to show the public that they can work together, because the public will surely be watching closely.