Just when it was safe!

Some bits and pieces to consider – The Coast Guard Station has given permission for the Clipper City Rail Trail to pass through their property but now there’s a problem. Ever paranoid that in some remote way a terrorist would attack their station. (Thanks to Whittier’s Curse, that’s a remote possibility – they couldn’t even find them let alone do mischief!), they have put up barriers to have the range light on their property be made accessible.

That is Newburyport’s history! I have seen old pictures and video of that structure in terrible condition. The Lighthouse Society has actually done extensive work to restore it and now all that effort is going to waste. It needs to be taken off the paranoia facility and placed near the Custom House where it belongs! Someone at the Maritime Museum needs to partner with the Lighthouse Preservation Society (LPS) and get this where locals and visitors can see an important part of Newburyport history.

Then I have recently heard that inquiries have been made at City Hall to have the old abandoned Crow Lane re-opened all the way down to some developer’s land-locked land. Heck, we can’t even get our High Street patched up and some arrogant landowner wants the city to pay for ‘their benefit’. Besides, this is all part of the area that conservationists are working hard to keep open so terrible flooding damage (It’s not if, it’s when) will not be inflicted on our hard-pressed businesses in the Lord Timothy Dexter Industrial Park and on the Quail Run residential area.

I am hoping that the days in which the City takes care of a few large businesses and landowners which trumps the needs of the rest of us; are long gone.

Will some one just come out and say which anchor restaurant is for sale here in town. I wasted time digging around on the Internet after it was mentioned on the blogs trying to figure it out and I don’t have time for that, neither do the rest of us. Spill the beans!

Finally, speaking of protecting open spaces, Springwell Investments will be justifying the amended OSRD for the Oleo Woods Development tonight at the Planning Board meeting. We need the 34 acres with a conservation restriction – let’s hope this whole thing is finally mitigated.

-P. Preservationist http://www.ppreservationist.com


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2 Responses to Just when it was safe!

  1. Joe Cheever says:

    You can’t MOVE the range light! It should be put back into operation, if anything, no?!

    It surprises me, as you have gone on (to my enjoyment!) about the importance of preservation and not a “tourist trap” faux historical city, that you would take a range light (that is in a position with another range light, making a historical aid to navigation), and simply MOVE it to make it no longer anywhere near a position to be of any use as an aid to navigation and instead a… well… tourist trap!

    There must be a way to work with the Coast Guard to have the light preserved, AND remain in place, AND be accessible to the public.

    • Now you’re thinking like an historic preservationist!

      It is true that the original location is crucial to indicate the range light’s position as it related to the taller range light (Lighthouse Restaurant).

      But there are precedents everywhere where the second best choice is to move it so it will not be demolished or when its accessibility would enhance the goal of preservation and historic education. During the Preservation Week on a Friday, Linda Miller highlighted a house that was literally placed on a barge from a location where it would have been endangered and slated for demolition and now it sits next to Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth and has been fully and lovingly restored.

      As for the original use, you’ll have to talk to God and nature – the shifting coastline and the changing shape of Plum Island has caused the original purpose to have been discarded all the way back in the late 19th century.

      It was hoped for and pursued by the Lighthouse Preservation Society to have a nice walkway into the Coast Guard station’s grounds just up to the lighthouse but 9/11 and the Patriot Act and heavy-handed Homeland Security has made access a diffcult and politically-charged elusive goal.

      I therefore defer to the second-best choice and push for it to be moved where it could be enjoyed by every American citizen who visits this fine City.

      -P. Preservationist

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