DCR project will go a long way toward improving Short Beach

September 10, 2010
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Officials marked the beginning of the long-anticipated Short Beach project, spanning Revere and Winthrop, at a recent ceremony on the site of the $3.5 million project.

While the project began in earnest earlier this summer, officials had their official beginning on Aug. 26th.

“Having $3.5 million invested at Short Beach will certainly improve greatly the communities of Revere and Winthrop,” said Richard Sullivan, director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). “This is one that is an important project because it will enhance public safety and will also be a rehabilitation of the seawall.”

The improvement project includes widened sidewalks, new street lighting and a new parking lot with improved access to the beach. The project also includes replacement beach ramps, new beach seating, showers and bike racks as well as a new pathway connection to Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.

Sullivan said he is very excited about the new pathway connection to Belle Isle.

“One of the most exciting parts of the project to me is the new pathway that will be the connection to Belle Isle Marsh,” he said. “I have to thank the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh for their support of this project an their support of the reservation.”

House Speaker Bob DeLeo (D – Winthrop) – who was instrumental in securing funding for the project – was proud to attend the DCR Short Beach Improvements Project Groundbreaking Ceremony.

He said the $3.5 million project promises to revitalize Short Beach, making the coastline safer and more accessible to beachgoers.

“We as members of state government have a responsibility to maintain the shoreline of Winthrop and Revere, to keep the beaches safe, beautiful and attractive to the people who live here and deserve to enjoy a picturesque shoreline,” DeLeo said. “We in Winthrop and Revere are truly fortunate to live beside the Harbor. Now, with these improvements, it will be easier and safer to enjoy a day at the beach. Those in our communities deserve no less.”

Revere Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere) said she was excited to see the project finally beginning.

“I’m thrilled that this project is underway and I look forward to Short Beach being an even more attractive beach destination for those in Revere for years to come,” said Reinstein. “I’d like to thank the Department of Conservation and Recreation for its dedication to this project that will greatly benefit those in the city of Revere.”

Said Sen. Anthony Petruccelli (D-East Boston), “I am pleased to see the advancement of this much needed and anticipated improvement project. This is further evidence of the strong commitment the Patrick administration has made to our neighborhoods.”

Joining the others at the groundbreaking were Revere Mayor Tom Ambrosino and Winthrop Town Manager James M. McKenna.

  • Leo (Brud) Vanderpot

    Such good news that all that money is being spent to improve Short Beach. I was born at 8 Pearl Avenue in 1932 and moved away from Revere in the late 1950s. Short Beach is now said to become not only more beautiful and more useful to the residents, but it is also to become more safe. Well, the beach has had some problems with safety in the past, with hurricanes, of course, and with swimming accidents as well.

    Of these, the most tragic that I remember was when Jackie Levett (brother of Chuckie and Bobbie) dove into the water from the seawall and struck his head on a rock. Jackie was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but this did not keep him from coming to Short Beach. During World War II, Jackie was again involved in a incident that concerned safety at Short Beach: Jackie was an artist and he painted with oils, small panels that he could hold easily. He painted scenes at Short Beach — until he was told to stop by the Military Police, who saw that he included views of Fort Heath on the shore in Winthrop, where there were huge gun batteries. The MPs evidently took no chances that Jackie was or could be a spy. Nonsense, of course, but every night along Short Beach a soldier would walk with his rifle and there were those of us who felt a bit safer because of these patrols….where better to send in a rubber boat from a German submarine…. than Short Beach! The marsh, of course, was in our back yard, as it was for every house on that side of Pearl Avenue. But back then there were few people interested enough in it to require a special path. Times change. My best to everyone in Beachmont and Revere (always to be separated in my mind) and hope that they will send a line to: leov10571@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    I grew up in Revere years ago. Is Short Beach the same place we use to call Pebble Beach?

  • Carol4444

    Ok No what about Winthrop Beach??

  • Tonaloha

    I’m happy that they are making improvements  to Short Beach but I’m really irritated that whoever mapped out this project decided to  block off the couple of stairwells with concrete to get to the beach that was used by the local residents. We now can’t just walk down the street, cross the road and walk down the stairs. Why would they do away with the stairwells that were used by the locals. This was an added asset that you did away with and not just me but other residents are not happy about this unless you do plan on reopening them?

  • Mike Chaplin

    Hi LEO.. I currently live at 8 Pearl ave now.. I was wondering how bad the flooding was for you when you lived there all those years ago.. With the Belle Isle marsh directly behind the house the cellar gets flooded at least 15 times a year and at least 3 times a year it can get up to 3 FEET of water.. I moved the utilities as high up as I could to stop from too much damage and the  sub pump will get the  water out after the tide recedes.. my concern with this project is i noticed HUGE Concrete tubes being lowered in the ground and I am wondering if that would allow more beach water to flow into the marsh.. that could be disasterous for me..  If the water reaches the Electrical box its game over.. 

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