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Posted on: April 16, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Lakeside State-operated Boat Launch

Last Spring, following a very unfortunate drowning incident at the Lakeside boat launch, our local State Representative, Joe McKenna, approached the State Department of Fish and Game regarding the launch and worked to secure funding for the area. This lead to a discussion with the Department of Fish and Game regarding the future of the launch and some of the past concerns in the area. The Department of Fish and Game indicated that they would be interested in closing the launch if an alternative location (Webster’s Memorial Beach) could be made available as a State boat launch. This would include a one-time capital improvement commitment of perhaps up to $600,000 for the Memorial Beach. The Town of Webster would still operate the beach, but under certain state-defined restrictions such as charging both Webster residents and all other Massachusetts residents the same use fee. 

Around this same time the Memorial Beach Committee started meeting. The Beach Committee was tasked with making recommendations for “big picture” improvements to our beach.  As always, money is the biggest obstacle for making major capital investments. The Beach Committee analyzed the benefits of closing the Lakeside launch and using state funding to make major capital improvements at Memorial Beach. However, after much discussion and weighing the pros and cons, the Beach Committee will not be recommending that the Lakeside launch be closed at this time. Through their meeting discussions with residents speaking both for and against changing Lakeside, the Committee determined that staffing the Lakeside launch on weekends and holidays will alleviate some of the current pressing concerns. Specifically, parking and trash concerns, but also may help control some of the weeds entering the lake at the launch. The Beach Committee will be making this recommendation to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on April 29th.  The meeting will start at 6:00 pm and the public is welcome to attend. Meanwhile, the Beach Committee and the Town will work with the State Department of Fish and Game to determine if this is an alternative they are willing to consider.

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