Boston (August 24, 2021) – Senators Edward
J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Congressman Stephen F.
Lynch (MA-08) and Congressman Bill Keating (MA-09) today wrote to the United
States Coast Guard (USCG) urging Coast Guard First District Commander Rear
Admiral Thomas G. Allan to reconsider plans to consolidate Station Scituate, a
small seasonal station in Massachusetts, as part of an effort to consolidate
redundant Coast Guard Boat Stations. South Shore communities argue that Station
Scituate is not a redundant station, but a crucial and geographically necessary
station based off of recent search and rescue operations and an increase in
commercial and recreational boater activity.
the increase in boater activity and the legitimate response time and distance
concerns raised by the local officials, we respectfully request that the Coast
Guard reconsiders its decision to consolidate Station Scituate and works with
the South Shore communities to reach a mutually beneficial outcome,” wrote the
lawmakers in their letter.
copy of the letter can be found HERE
June, the USCG published a document in the Federal Register requesting comments
for the planned consolidation of redundant Coast Guard Boat Stations, including
Station Scituate. However, local officials from Scituate and surrounding
communities were not notified of Scituate’s inclusion on the Register until
July 23. In response, the Coast Guard moved the deadline to submit public
comments from August 3 to September 22 to allow for residents and community
leaders to submit comment.