, Salem, MA

March 21, 2014

Letter: Beverly still has a working waterfront

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

Your March 13 editorial (“Time to ease Beverly waterfront restriction”) states: “The DPA regulations, created in 1978, were meant to protect the state’s working waterfronts” and “The rules were a good idea at the time, serving to protect historic marine industries like commercial fishing and shipping.”

To claim that “In 2014, the era (of historic marine industries) has largely passed in Beverly” is ridiculous. Beverly Harbor certainly continues to be a working port, as it has been since the days of the schooner Hannah. By taking a quick trip to the neighborhood in question, one can see a great deal of commercial fishing, whether the activity of the fishing boats, or the boats tied up with their equipment aboard.

Perhaps, it is no longer a terminal for ships carrying unnecessary hazardous chemicals, but it is neither wide nor deep enough to accommodate modern large draft seagoing cargo ships. Like Gloucester and other neighboring small cities, Beverly is the home port for a large number of fishing boats.

We already have a wide variety of restaurants on the North Shore, and the failure of that old McDonald’s on the same site could be an indication of other restaurants there.

Edward P. McMorrow