Romney holds first Coastal Hazard meeting with O'Leary, others

Coastal hazard study group holds first meeting
Murray, O'Leary, Turkington part of 15 member state panel

By David Kibbe, Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror

Gov. Mitt Romney on Wednesday convened the first meeting of the state’s Coastal Hazards Management Commission, which will study what can be done to lessen the risk of hurricane and storm damage to coastline.

The commission, which held an introductory meeting in Boston, will develop a 20-year Coastal Infrastructure and Protection Plan for the Cape and Islands, South Shore, Boston Harbor and the North Shore. The panel is chaired by Susan Snow-Cotter, the director of the state’s Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Romney asked the commission to issue initial recommendations on new laws and regulations by November 2006. The commission will complete its work a year later. It will look at issues like beach erosion, the condition of seawalls, the home insurance crisis on the Cape and islands, and possible restrictions on waterfront development.

Cape Cod lawmakers are 1/3 of state panel 

One of the impetuses for the group's formation was an announcement last year by the Sconset Beach Preservation Fund that it plans to spend $15 million dollars on a beach replenishment project that would take sand from shoals several miles off Nantucket and use it to fortify beaches on the island's east end.

Local lawmakers were named to the 15-member panel, including Sens. Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, and Robert O’Leary, D-Barnstable, and Reps. Eric Turkington, D-Falmouth, and Susan Williams Gifford, R-Wareham...

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