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Merrimack Valley

March 19, 2013

Plum Island residents scramble to erect sea walls

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State Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, co-chairman of the MRBA, was circumspect in his analysis at that meeting.

Tarr then addressed property owners: “You can do what you need to do to save your place, but you’ve got to know that you might have to remove it after the fact.” He was referring to rebuilding a dune or creating a hard-structure barrier in contravention of DEP’s rules.

Homeowners on the south end of Plum Island clearly have taken action to protect their property. They said they are committed to bringing in sand, dune grass or other elements to ensure the beach is attractive and healthy.

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