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Opinion

October 17, 2012

Homes on Annapolis Way are now safe

To the editor:

I’m happy to report that five homes on Plum Island are now safe with proper storm protection and a replenished dune system. It’s been a long haul, but 30 months later, sand recycling, dune nourishment is complete for five Annapolis Way homes. We have much work to do and we need to obtain permits (application pending) for the three remaining homes at risk and every other home on the island at risk.

This would not have happened without the tireless leadership of the Newbury Board of Selectmen and its chair, Joe Story, Newbury Conservation Commission and Doug Packer, chair, and Sam Joslin, Newbury building commissioner, who refuse to allow another home to be lost within our community without a fight.

This accomplishment would not have been possible without the help of Congressman John Tierney and the tireless efforts of DJ Napolitano, Sen. Bruce Tarr and Cynthia Lewis leading the team for the state effort with the full support of Rep. Mike Costello and Mayor Donna Holaday.

I’m humbled by the team effort to protect homes here on the island. I want to personally thank Gov. Patrick for intervening with state agencies to break the deadlock on permitting. We know that it should not take this long to protect homes within the commonwealth and I hope upcoming efforts will be fast-tracked in the future.

Five homeowners will be sleeping soundly tonight because of all your efforts.

Bob Connors

Newbury

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