Mary Parsons of ARAWH fills in Southfield/LNR/Starwood reporting holes

The current legislation(law) governing the NAS South Weymouth says we, the people, are to “approve” any substantial (major)changes to the Reuse Plan. Maybe I am wrong, but I always thought the legislation was the law. The entire NAS south Weymouth is not in Weymouth. The majority of the Base is in Abington and Rockland and it is not wetlands like people think.

There has been a lot said and written about the Southfield/ LNR/Starwood debacle. Unfortunately for Abington and Rockland residents we only read what Weymouth officials have to say about the redevelopment of the former NAS South Weymouth development. I received an e-mail from Seth Jacobson, editor Rockland Mariner, saying the Weymouth News reporter is the newspapers’ “Southfield Guy”. Since we only get what the Weymouth officials are saying about the former NAS South Weymouth, I thought you might like to read a little about what is not in newspapers and is actually happening concerning the redevelopment of NAS South Weymouth. 

Ron Mariano, the State Rep. representing part of Weymouth( not Abington and Rockland), has been most critical of South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation (SSTTDC) by sending letters and leaving nasty voice messages on  a director’s phone. I actually heard the message. He also denied one of his constituents a request for Public Records by having the Chief Legal Counsel for the Massachusetts House of Representatives respond to her request by telling her the House of Representatives is exempt from Public Records Law.  Is this the kind of people we want in office? Never has my State Rep. and State Senator ever denied me a records request.  I never knew the Massachusetts House of Representatives is exempt from Public Records law. Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of the federal Freedom of Information Act Law? Is this what the Democratic Party in Massachusetts advocates?  The Democratic Party is the majority party in the House of Representatives and Ron Mariano is a Democratic Party member and leader.

 The current legislation(law) governing the NAS South Weymouth says we, the people, are to “approve” any substantial (major)changes to the Reuse Plan. Maybe I am wrong, but I always thought the legislation was the law.  At the last Rockland selectmen’s meeting this was brought to their attention and they are placing articles on the Annual Town Meeting for voters to consider the issues before them concerning the changes LNR/Starwood want in their draft legislation.  Starwood and Mariano are ignoring our right to approve substantial changes to the Reuse Plan, Zoning by laws and legislation.  Gotta wonder who is in his campaign wallet?

I am reading about Mayor Kay saying Weymouth has enough water to supply the entire NAS South Weymouth development. The entire NAS south Weymouth is not in Weymouth. The majority of the Base is in Abington and Rockland and it is not wetlands like people think. She is stating LNR/Starwood could pay for upgrades to the Weymouth system and an emergency hookup to the MWRA. Unfortunately for her the current legislation says preference is to be given to the town in which NAS South Weymouth is located in; that means LNR/Starwood are to give the same upgrades to Abington and Rockland’s water and sewer services. LNR/Starwood said at the Rockland selectmen’s meeting they had not spoken with Abington Rockland joint Water Works or the sewer department.  This was not reported in the Rockland Mariner newspaper. The Rockland Mariner never reports what is said at a Rockland selectmen’s meeting. If the current legislation (law) is changed, there is more NAS South Weymouth land in the Abington and Rockland section that could be zoned commercial.

Weymouth officials keep saying 90% of build-out is in Weymouth and they talk about rezoning the golf course. Weymouth officials thought it meant 90% of the Land was in Weymouth, not so. I am guessing there is less than 300 acres of developable land in the Weymouth section of NAS South Weymouth. At the mayor’s Feb. 25th meeting a Weymouth resident had to tell them the golf course was not in Weymouth; it is in the Rockland section of NAS South Weymouth and is not theirs to zone. The mayor was surprised. She thought it was only on paper that Rockland had 42% of the land.  The runways aren’t in the Weymouth section either. They are in the Abington – Rockland section of NAS South Weymouth. The Delahunt Parkway is in Rockland, not Weymouth. The attachments show we voted.

 Just wanted to let people know what is not in the newspapers when it comes to reporting about NAS South Weymouth, Rockland doesn’t have any reporters from newspapers at their meetings. Please share.

 Mary A. Parsons, Executive Director ARAWH

Former Rockland selectman

Former Citizens Advisory Committee Member for MEPA

Rockland, Ma 02370

(781) 871-3350

 

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