Bob Ryan, President and General Manager of CATOC (Cape Ann Transportation Operating Company) has applied to the Community Preservation Committee for funding to restore Cressy Beach to the way it was when this photo was taken. As you can see by this photo, Cressy Beach was once a sandy beach, on which parents sunbathed while their children chased elephants. Bob says it can be a sandy beach again and he’s done his homework. In a nutshell, here’s what he says about the project,
The project involves the Gloucester Conservation Commission, Mass DEP, the Army Corps of Engineers and Endangered Wildlife and Species Agency. In addition, the “Beach Nourishment” project includes site preparation, topographical survey, engineering plans and bringing in 3,500 tons of sand to cover the beach above the “mean high water area.”
Letters of support are pouring in for this project, including one from Janeil C. Rey, PhD, who also sent this photo. So if you’d like to see Cressy Beach full of sun-bathers, come to City Hall next Tuesday, April 2 and support this project.
PLEASE NOTE: There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to chase elephants into the water once the beach is restored.