, Newburyport, MA

February 4, 2014

Praise to all who helped save PI homes

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I would like to praise all those who have worked together in bringing about the protection of the homes, precariously in danger on the oceanfront on Plum Island. Over the last few years, storms have caused beach erosion, threatening and taking some of the homes.

Those in the EPA, Mayor Holaday and other local politicians, along with the homeowners, worked together proactively to build rock barriers that now protect these homes. The best thing those in power did was they allowed the homeowners to do what needed to be done. As Daily News reporter Dave Rogers wrote on Jan. 28, “but the state did not interfere.” That article goes along with all the great coverage The Daily News gave this problem. Had the state waited for studies and red tape, things could have been much worse.

It shows all residents of this area that although we bicker about various things, care and support was shown to these fellow homeowners, because we all love the northeast corner of Massachusetts.

What the future holds for our coastline, who knows? Hopefully, the rock barriers will provide beautiful scenery of the ocean when it churns for those residents, instead of worrying about their homes being threatened.

Kevin Noa