Passion is high in Black Rock over beach conditions at St. Mary’s. From Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster:
Mary-Jane Foster’s Solutions for Bridgeport
Problem: Mayor Finch is unable to strike a compromise over clean up and conservation at St. Marys by the Sea.
What Finch Has Done: This weekend, Mayor Finch had the Bridgeport Public Facilities department plow a large section of St. Mary’s by the Sea, removing sea grass that is essential to preserving the sand dunes and its wildlife. Conservationists want to protect the natural habitat and prevent further destruction of the sand dunes. Others want to see the beach is properly cleaned, maintained, and used for family friendly recreation.
“Mayor Finch, once again, is demonstrating his administration’s total inability to work with residents to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Foster. “The mayor claims to be a conservationist but his actions are careless. He says he is committed to preserving the environment but has his staff plow over a sensitive natural habitat. Once again, there is no communication with the neighborhood, no planning, no foresight.”
Solution: Rather than listening to one side and acting unilaterally, the mayor should have brought the community together to understand the sensitivities and find common ground.
What Mary-Jane Foster Will Do As Mayor: “With the neighborhood divided, the mayor must work with residents to find a compromise that strikes a balance between conservation and quality of life. This is the Park City after all, and our parks and waterfront are for everyone to enjoy.
“Bridgeport deserves a leader who can bring people together for the good of the entire community. There are ways to inform people about what is being planned and seek input to make sure all sides are heard. That’s what the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone boards are for and that’s why we have neighborhood community councils. When a mayor consistently ignores the systems in place to solicit public input, it is time for the residents to make their voices heard and vote for a leader who has a solid reputation for bringing people together to make real progress happen. That time is now.”