, Newburyport, MA


March 25, 2013

A radical view for waterfront development


Seventh, a docking area for frequent commuter boats from the development to the beach at the north end of Plum Island (which will be developed to have a beach volleyball stadium, parasailing, windsurfing, powered parasailing, water skidoos, on-beach public BBQ stands, Tiki huts for food and beverages, ocean and river kayaks, fishing, whale watch boats and day cruises to the Isles of Shoals, overnight camping areas, public showers and rest rooms, and all the other things that make a day at the beach fun like they do in Florida in places like Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota). Docking will also take people to and from the Salisbury Beach Reservation and Maudslay State Park, allowing visitors to enjoy three wonderful nature destinations by a pleasant boat ride without having to drive and park at each of them and deal with traffic or scarce parking spaces.

Eighth, the parking area will be sided with grey aged wood with colorful perennial flowering vines growing up their sides along the walkways and the two walls facing the area behind the Firehouse Center will have exquisite murals depicting the Merrimack, Atlantic Ocean, Native Americans who lived here and the commercial history of Newburyport and tributes to William Garrison’s abolitionist movement and John Greenleaf Whittier’s local poetry. The elevated area will have stairs, ramps and elevators for access.

Above all, it will be a bold, iconic and creative image for our fair city fit for the 21st century. A lasting tourist mecca, solidly built, providing many good-paying, permanent jobs for locals and a source of pride to all. Mr. Karp would be wise to also place his large development properties on such a firm foundation with concealed ground parking too. Including his waterfront hotel. Think about it.


Robert Allen Schledwitz lives in Newburyport.

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