About 100 residents and a large number of the city’s leading politicians, including Mayor Edward Chip Clancy, attended a meeting last Thursday evening at the Diamond District Inn which featured Department of Conservation and Recreation Rick Sullivan as the main speaker.
Sullivan was introduced by Robert Tucker, the president of the beach organization. He described Sullivan as one of the best things to happen along the seashore here in 25 years.
His comments were met with hearty applause.
Mayor Clancy also spoke, briefly.
“This is what organizations like this are all about. People with a common interest working hard together for cleaner beaches and better facilities,” he said.
“What a great thing to see so many people who truly care about this city,” he added.
Clancy was also accorded a hearty round of applause.
Sullivan said he was touched by the support he has found in this city and with people who care about the beaches.
“It has been a pleasure to do everything possible because so many people here care,” he said.
He described efforts to maintain the gains that have been made in monitoring the beaches, cleaning them, removing the algae from the beaches and he announced that the old bath house at the beginning of the beach will be refurbished and opened to the public for the first time in more than a decade next summer.
Tucker received a special gift from the Friends of Lynn/Nahant Beach, given to him by Ocean Street resident Jean Curley.
Tucker made brief remarks thanking everyone there for their support and their efforts during the various activities during the year to keep the beaches clean, to keep the grass cut and the flowers growing.
“We have a wonderful group here. Lt’s keep up the good work – but above all, let’s thank everyone at DCR for their efforts.
At this point, Sullivan asked the DCR managers of the Lynn/Nahant Beach reservation to stand and to accept thanks.
A wild round of applause followed.
Also in attendance were City Council President Tim Phelan, Councillors at Large Dan Cahill and Paul Crowley, Brendan Crighton, Senator Tom McGee’s staffer, running for a ward seat.
Marblehead/Swampscott/Lynn Representative Lori Ehrlich was also in attendance.