, Newburyport, MA

December 21, 2012

Protection from waterfront disaster?

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Your Dyke Hendrickson raises some scary questions in his column (Daily News, Dec. 17) about the NRA’s scheme to sell or lease our waterfront land to developers. Let me add a question of my own:

Suppose after the developer gets partway through the project he runs into an environmental nightmare. What is to keep him from walking away, perhaps leaving a mess of unfinished structures?

It’s true, as Mr. Hendrickson points out, that the owner of the land is the NRA, not the city. But Mayor Holaday has partnered with the NRA from the beginning of this scheme. Isn’t it incumbent on her to tell us citizens what she is doing — if anything — to protect us from waterfront disaster?

Jim Critchlow