THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020 Page 3 ConCom gives okay to Yacht Club dock storage T By Adam Swift he Point of Pines Yacht Club will be storing some of its docks and fl oats next to the club, as well as near a berm it created as a barrier against fl ooding back in the 1980s. Last week, the Conservation Commission gave its permission for the dock and fl oat storage for the second consecutive year, although one city councillor said he wants to see the Yacht Club, City of Revere offi cials, and nearby residents meet to discuss longer solutions to any potential environmental issues near the club. “Last year, we had a unique situation with a lot of catastrophic storms that destroyed a lot of our dockage,” said Jay Bolton, Commodore of the Point of Pines Yacht Club. “We needed a plan to store them and put them where we could work on them.” That plan was placing four of the docks next to the yacht club building for easy access for repairs, as well as up to 15 docks and floats on the berm over the dune created by the yacht club to protect the neighborhood against flooding. 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The history of the berm and dune go back to the No Name storm in the 1980s. “We were asked after the No Name storm, because of the fl ooding, to build a berm, and we did so, and we were asked to maintain it for 10 years back in the 1980s,” said Bolton. “So we are obviously past that time, and we obviously don’t want to take that berm out because we want to protect the neighborhood from fl ooding.” Bolton stated that it’s always a catch-22 as far as storing the docks in the winter and keeping the neighbors happy. “Another thing the neighbors ask us is not to stack those fl oats so high [in the parking lot],” Bolton said, since it blocks the view of the ocean. However, if the fl oats are spread out, he said, it eats up more of the club’s parking spaces, potentially upsetting neighbors by having more visitors looking for parking along Rice Avenue. Ward 5 Councillor John Powers, who represents the Point of Pines area, said that the yacht club has been a good partner with the City over the years. “But I think our fi rst priority is to the residents in that area; those are the people that live there,” said Powers. “Even though [the vegetation] will come back, it sort of slows the growth of that vegetation, and the dunes down there and the dune grass does a lot to protect the neighborhood all along Rice Avenue, and that is not something I would want to see in any way impacted for any particular reason.” Powers said he would like to set up a meeting when the Coronavirus pandemic is over with the yacht club, city offi cials and neighbors to discuss long-term environmental and mitigation issues in the area. Bolton said he would be open to a meeting. “Let’s put this to rest and defi ne what can and can’t, and what should and shouldn’t be done so that we are all on the same track here,” said Powers. Conservation Commission Chair Nick Moulaison said he would also be open to a “big picture” meeting, but in the meantime, he recommended approval to let the yacht club store the docks as requested. “I think the best option right now is to allow them to do this and give the stipulation that if there is a problem with the dune grass and it doesn’t grow back, it’s the responsibility of the yacht club to bring it back no matter how much it costs,” said Moulaison. Bolton said one long-term fi x could be to beef up the dune on the property. “It doesn’t do anyone any good if the neighbors are fl ooded out, and it doesn’t do us any good if our parking lot is fl ooded out,” he said. The Conservation Commission ruled that the yacht club can go forward with its dock and fl oat storage plan. In other business, the commission approved a postponement for Amazon’s plan to increase parking at its VFW Parkway facility. 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