Coastal Hazards Commission Requests Input at Public Forums

The Coastal Hazards Commission invites the public to attend 5 forums between 5/22 & 5/31

The Coastal Hazards Commission invites the public to attend five forums along the coast between May 22 and May 31. Governor Mitt Romney and the Legislature launched the Coastal Hazards Commission in February. The charge of the Commission is to review existing coastal hazards practices and policies, identify data and information gaps, and draft recommendations for possible administrative, regulatory and statutory changes by November. The Commission is hosting the public forums to solicit input on local storm damage and erosion issues, concerns, and potential solutions. The public may respond to the following five questions on flooding, erosion, and planning efforts in their communities or provide general comments.

1. South Shore: May 22 (7-9 PM), Scituate High School, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate
2. Boston: May 23 (10 AM-noon), Saltonstall Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room A, 100 Cambridge St., Boston
3. North Shore: May 24 (7-9 PM), Ipswich Town Hall, Room A, 25 Green St., Ipswich
4. Cape Cod & Islands: May 30 (5-7 PM), Barnstable Town Hall, Hearing Room, 367 Main St., Hyannis
5. South Coast: May 31 (7-9 PM), Wareham Public Library, 59 Marion Rd., Wareham

1. Are you aware of your vulnerability to coastal hazards, such as flooding and erosion? If so, how were you informed? If not, where would you look for information?
2. Have you taken action to minimize the risk of damage to your home during storms?
3. Given that flooding and erosion are issues in MA, what do you feel are the best management approaches?
4. Have you been involved in the development of any local plans designed to manage coastal hazards, such as hazard mitigation or beach management plans?
5. Would you recommend other successful shoreline management techniques that MA should consider?

For anyone unable to attend one of the five public forums in the coastal regions written comments can be submitted to [email protected].

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