Will Brewster pave paradise and put up a parking lot?

Town looks at turning gifted park into parking lot for Breakwater Beach

Editor's note: The following letter is in response to the Town of Brewster's Breakwater Beach Resiliency Project. Due to erosion at the bayside beach, many of the parking spaces will be lost--a similar issue occurred at Paine's Creek years ago. The town is looking at taking a memorial park gifted to the town in 1995 by Dorothea Cist. Many critics of the plan have suggested the use of off-site parking and shuttling in an effort to leave the memorial park intact. 

To the editor:

I have read with interest the news related to the Breakwater Beach which my grandmother, Dorothea Cist, gave to the town of Brewster. She gave Breakwater Beach to the town, including the clearing which houses the stone that commemorates the gift of the beach in honor of her parents.  

My grandmother loved nature and gave very generously to many conservation causes.  There would be no doubt in the mind of anyone who knew her that she gave the beach to preserve its peace and beauty so that all of Brewster might enjoy it.  She would be horrified at the thought of the commemorative park´s being turned into a parking lot!  

She lived for 64 years in the beautiful property near the corner of 124 and 137 which is now owned by Tom and Trish Kennedy.  Further testament to my family´s commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Brewster is the fact that, although we could have made a great deal more money developing that land, we waited for many years to find the right buyer who would preserve it in its magnificence.  Imagine what would have happened to the traffic and ambience in the center of town if that property had been divided into 60 half-acre lots, which is what would have happened if we had developed it in the late 70s.  That property would have become a gigantic version of Consodine Road.

It seems to be a great betrayal and a phenomenal act of ingratitude for the Town of Brewster to wipe out the little park that was given to commemorate the much, much larger gift of Breakwater Beach. This injustice would give a clear message to anyone else who might be thinking of giving a lovely gift to the Town of Brewster.

Dorothea Cist
Santiago, Chile

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