Mayor Kirk is asking for community feedback-
We have a bit of a dilemma regarding the Good Harbor Beach footbridge.
The estimate we have for repairs is $65,000. This is basically a temporary fix and carries the risk of being washed away during the next big storms. Also, the Conservation Commission is throwing down the gauntlet on any more temporary fixes.
An alternative would be to have the broken section be replaced with an aluminum boat ramp-like structure. It would have a synthetic decking, four feet wide with railings, and hook in on just the ends (no pilings necessary). Total cost of this fix is $20,000, the ramp would be made here in Gloucester by a Gloucester company, and could be finished within 3 weeks. It could be removed in the event of a hurricane as well.
So I gotta ask GMG readers, which would you rather?
New England Charm? ($65,000 wooden temporary repair)
Yankee Ingenuity? ($20,000 aluminum repair on broken section, rest would remain wood).
Your readers probably photograph / paint this view more than most so we thought we’d start here to gather feedback.