Monday night the Joint Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee & the Gloucester Planning Board will hold a public meeting at City Hall @ 7:00pm that will help decide if a zoning overlay will be awarded to Beauport LLC. This would allow a hotel complex built on the site of the former Birdseye plant. Never in my memory have I heard so much debate, pro and con. There's no question that residents are passionate for their hometown on both sides of this issue and hopefully the Beauport group will get a fair evaluation. It's not everyday that no public funds could be used to revitalize a community as this one could do. With an under funded fire department and the same for the school system there's much on the line. Downtown businesses would also get a boost along with much needed infrastructure for local companies to lodge their guests locally. Perhaps this will be the catalysis that would entice other business ventures into Gloucester!
So the last few days I wandered around the waterfront capturing Gloucester that we call home.
Gull on the rail with the Birdseye plant in the background.
Breakwater from Stage Fort Park.
Low tide in Cripple Cove.
"David & Jenna II" with slack lines.
Tea Party Museum ship "Eleanor"
Rocky Neck Marine Railways.
Tablet Rock at Stage Fort Park.
Red boats at rest.
Ducks in Harbor Cove.
Birdseye plant just after the sun set.
Gull flies above.
Looking towards the Tavern.
Watch out when you step outside this door!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!