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Merrimack Valley

September 2, 2013

An eyesore no more

With Sidewalk Cafe gone, beachgoers savor the view, wonder about the future

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Indeed, what the state plans to do next is on many people’s minds.

“There are a couple of options out there, I guess,” Buswell said. “One is that they are going to just take it out and bring it back to nature. The other is, they are thinking about putting a comfort station in. Restrooms, changing room, sitting area, a little play area for the kids.”

“I’d like to see a bathroom,” Hatem said. “I’d like to see a playground for the kids and I’d like to see a stand for music where people could sit down and listen to the music.”

A 74-year resident of Salisbury, Denise Brown would like to see some pride return to her hometown.

“I hope they use that property for some sort of a good idea,” Brown said. “I’d like to see them put a place there for the elderly to sit and watch the ocean, or a small playground. The beach really needs something to bring it back. People don’t even know where Salisbury Beach is anymore.”

Bradford’s Diane Wood has spent the past 50 years summering in Salisbury and hopes the area can be used for concessions.

“I would like to see some better eating places here,” Wood said. “Maybe some bistro tables where you could sit by the ocean and have it fixed up. A couple of hotdog stands or something. Some places where you can sit like they have done over in Hampton. That would be fine with me.”

David Sheafer, owner of the Salisbury Discount House, summed up the thoughts for both the retailer and the residents.

“It’s an eyesore that’s gone,” he said. “We’re all thrilled about it. It opens up the space. Now we want the DCR to move on the land. Let us do something with it, so people can enjoy it.”

“I would like to see it made available to the public, no matter what they do,” Moe said. “Put a boardwalk in with benches, tables, anything.”

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