, Newburyport, MA


February 10, 2014

Let's take a vote on the waterfront

To the editor:

I’ve lived in Newburyport for six months and I have a question regarding the waterfront discussion for the folks who live here. Why has there not been an official vote taken on the future status of the waterfront? I’m talking about a special ballot being taken wherein the residents actually fill out a ballot and answer the question of what they want for the future.

There seems to be three different scenarios being discussed. The ballot should be worded to clearly define all three positions and folks would choose one. One option is do nothing, a second would include the addition of public restrooms that are self-supported by fees and the third would be to allow private development.

The discussions I’ve read/heard include cries from those who don’t have time to attend meetings feeling “unheard.” They also include opinions of “helplessness” to change because of the length of time this has been an issue.

I’m offering a truth-based, statistically supportable solution to answer the question. Put it to official vote to the registered voters of this city. Release the results and live with them by developing a plan that the people voted in. Sometimes keeping things simple is the best way to go. No finger-pointing, no name-calling, get the answer and act upon the wishes of the residents here.

I moved here because of the open waterfront; I’d like to be able to cast my vote. Would you care to cast yours?

Alice Santarlasci


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