After years of pressure from organizations including the Preserve Plum Island Coalition (PPIC), the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, along with its permanent regional program Save the Sound and Soundkeeper, Inc., Congress voted in December 2020 to block the sale and preserve Plum Island. Instead I take the first right after the bridge which in 1/2 mile … Read more. Date of experience: January 2020. Gov. Posted on December 4, 2017 by Andy December 4, 2017. Email him at: drogers@newburyportnews.com. My dad then told her about how the "islands" and northern beaches were closed. Windy with a mix of clouds and sun. “We’re ticketing the cars that are illegally parked,” Murray said. Mike attended high school in Haverhill, and Salisbury, and joined the local army national guard for a short time after high school. Or better yet, rent a beachfront cottage for a few days. That created situations considered unsafe in this age of social distancing. Reilly said the tickets were issued for permit parking violations. Gov. Annual Deer Hunt. When we asked for stories from breast cancer survivors and others, the calls started coming and did not stop. Plum Island is home to many species that are endangered or threatened. Helpful. In 2008, Congress passed an appropriations bill that closed the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and required the sale of the island. Charlie Baker ordered the closure of parking lots at all Department of Conservation and Recreation-managed coastal beach reservations to reduce congestion on state beaches, which include Sandy Point at the southern tip of the island. ... Nancy decided to write ‘Plum Island, The Way It Was’, about her … Continue reading → Posted in Books, Museum, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge | Leave a reply. “From the very beginning, when federal legislation was passed requiring the sale, the town and other agencies took steps to block it. Copyright © 1996-2020 The East Hampton Star. Plum Island's association with the United States government goes all the way back to the 18th century, when General George Washington recognized its strategic importance. “Our longtime push to save Plum Island from some ‘high bidder’ or anyone else who might neglect its natural resources, environmental value, our local stakeholders and concerned communities is now realized — Plum Island is saved and its sale is finally off the table,” Mr. Schumer said. Go play. It is also home to the late-19th century Fort Terry. New England Newspaper & Press Association's2019 Newspaper of the Year. But that did not address the scores of vehicles parked on Plum Island Turnpike, the only road to the island. Plum Island is closed to the public to protect ground nesting migratory birds. The report also anticipates that some of the soil on the island may be contaminated by petroleum. This … Once the island is off the auction block, he said, “the opportunities for a conservation outcome go up exponentially and precious time can now be spent on considering a wide range of strategies that put preservation of this natural wonder ahead of the almighty dollar.”, “I think it’s safe to say that this action may be one of the most important conservation opportunities that we have had in the last decade, and one of the most uplifting environmental outcomes in what has otherwise been a very, very tough year for people across our region and throughout the nation,” Mr. DeLuca said. 12 reviews. Dave Rogers is a staff reporter with the Newburyport Daily News. Newbury Beach. The nearly undeveloped island is home to hundreds of species of plants, birds, and other wildlife, including more than 100 species that are endangered or at risk of endangerment. The legislation passed the House but failed each time in the Senate. https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/residents-want- As a result, Newbury police towed vehicles and issued 30 to 40 tickets. That was the only warning the ranger up front gave as we paid to enter Plum Island. In 2020, President Donald Trump signed the legislation. Proceeds of the sale were to fund a new research center in Kansas and to return the island to its natural state. Each car stirs up so much filth, I felt so sorry for the many bike … And while city parking enforcement workers have issued tickets, it hasn’t stopped people from as far away as New York and Maine from parking there. On Sunday, hundreds of people drove onto the barrier island, clogging Plum Island Turnpike by parking their vehicles and then walking over to the beaches. Murray said short of physically keeping visitors off the island, something that would disrupt residents, it would be hard to enforce such a restriction based on the number of police officers available at one time. Plum Island is a barrier island located off the northeast coast of Massachusetts, north of Cape Ann, in the United States.It is approximately 11 miles (18 km) in length. These are our impressions. . “It’s also important to recognize that this was a bipartisan effort and demonstrates that when the public is unified, our elected leaders can work together for the collective good and produce some very meaningful outcomes.”. “That’s the struggle every police chief is struggling with,” Murray said. The beach faces the Salisbury State Reservation across the bay. Parking can be a bit tricky, so get there early to secure a spot. Plum Island Beach is a long sandy beach at the northern tip of the island. A sign on the Plum Island Turnpike informs people that the only drivers who can use Plum Island are those with parking permits. Exeter - Michael Scott "Mike" Bartley, 56, of Exeter NH died unexpectedly at home on January 11th. Points of Interest & Landmarks . See all. Winter may officially be over, but the frozen ground and recent… So on Tuesday, Newbury police were expected to place “no parking” signs on Plum Island Turnpike and officers would be even more vigilant enforcing no parking zones, according to Reilly. In recent weeks, Newbury and Newburyport officials, who share duties on Plum Island, have been discussing the possibility of closing the island to everyone but residents, but such a move would prove daunting, officials concede. I see on the refuge website that the beach areas will close on April 1 to allow the piping plovers to nest. Plum Island Parking Lot Closed to Nonresidents Every Weekend Through Labor Day ... that the city will be implementing new parking restrictions and increased traffic management and enforcement of the Plum Island beaches and public areas in an effort to reduce overcrowding and prevent the spread of COVID-19. You will need to get there very early to be able to park at Sandy Point as there are probably only 20-30 spaces in #7 lot. The department report assumed that with its recent upgrades, Plum Island could remain operative until 2019. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge parking lots were closed Friday and earlier this month. “The current law, which mandates the sale of the island to the highest bidder, is the wrong path forward. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.. We found instances of courage, hope, determination, fear, survival, even loss. You asked. It’s an honor to deliver this huge win that will reverse that law and help preserve Plum Island’s rich history and tap into its limitless potential for generations to come.”. Create a Trip. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. High 43F. The North Point of the Island is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Merrimack River at the mouth of the Newburyport Harbor. Whether you are an online subscriber, get the paper in the mail, delivered to your door in Manhattan, or are just passing through, every reader counts. Sorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles. 0.4 mi from Plum Island. That’s why preventing the unnecessary sale requirement was a top priority of these negotiations. Mr. Zeldin had tried at least five times since taking office in 2015 to initiate a repeal of the 2008 legislation mandating the island's sale. Plum Island is named for the beach plum shrubs that grow in the dunes and is 11 miles in length. Also included is a stipulation that local residents will decide the future of the island. With concerns over flooding, Newbury officials have closed off access to on Plum Island. Plum Island - Parker River Wildlife beaches are closed for Piper Plover nesting until at least mid August. Newburyport City Marshal Mark Murray said his police officers wrote seven tickets Sunday. … Continue reading → The island is located squarely in the narrow mouth of Long Island Sound, which contains most of New York state's important harbors. Partly cloudy skies. “We are asking for the Newburyport Police Department to enforce the protection of our dunes as well as the safety of our health by eliminating the ability for tourists to congregate at Plum Island Point disregarding current city and state mandates,” reads the petition, found on change.org. The new facility is planned to be finished by 2014 and in operation by the beginning of 2015. NEWBURYPORT – Almost 600 people signed an online petition calling for the temporary closure of Plum Island to everyone but residents, a response to what petitioners say is an invasion of unwanted visitors at a time when the governor is asking people to stay home. Now the people of Long Island will have their say in its future — and rightfully so.”. Walking from the next nearest lot could be possible except for the dirt road. “The biggest issue was Plum Island Turnpike and that was Newbury.”. 4 Helpful votes. Your subscription to The Star does more than get you great arts, news, sports, and outdoors stories. Share. Only beaches open are the one at #1 parking and Sandy Point (#7). I like Plum Island off-season; most times that I've brought along my lunch, however, I've ended up eating it in the car! “The blinking light on Plum Island Turnpike isn’t exactly deterring people,” Cammett said. Parking on Plum Island was already dramatically curtailed to limit throngs of people and also to slow multiplication of COVID-19. Plum Island is an island in the Town of Southold in Suffolk County It is located in Gardiners Bay, east of Orient Point The island is about 3 miles long and 1-mile wide at its widest point Black lines or No traffic flow lines could indicate a closed road, but in most cases it means that either there is not enough vehicle flow … “Any measure to remove the potential sale of the island to private bidders is welcome news,” Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said in an email to the Star. Plum Island is an eclectic - and continually changing - place and community just off the northeast coast of Massachusetts. We value you for being part of The Star family. Read them in this special section. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Status “During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. She sent a lengthy email to Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday on Sunday, imploring her to take action. Drive out Ocean Ave. over the bridge and take your second left, drive a mile and you arrive at Plum Island Beach. Since the 1950s, all U.S. research on FMD was conducted at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, located on an island off the northern tip of Long Island, New York. Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! It also projected that it would take more than two years to close the facility and prepare it for a new use. “Hopefully, getting word out will help curb the problem,” Reilly said. That's where you pay the $15 some reviews mention. Parking on Plum Island has already been sharply curtailed to limit crowds of people and to slow the spread of COVID-19. About the same time, officials in Newburyport closed the Plum Island Point parking lot, but Cammett said visitors are removing sawhorses and parking there anyway. Plum Island Won't Be Sold at Auction | The East Hampton Star Preservationists and elected officials have been trying to pull the sale of Plum Island off the table for years, ever since Congress ordered its auction in 2008 and scheduled the decommissioning of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center for 2023. The island is named for the wild beach plum shrubs that grow on its dunes. BRYAN EATON/Staff photoSigns were put up by the Newbury Department of Public Works to prohibit parking on the Plum Island Turnpike. Plum Island is, however, the site where the U.S. government studies the world’s most dangerous animal diseases in order to protect the U.S. food supply. Plum Island was transferred to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007 and became part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Your daily crossword, Sudoku and dozens of other puzzles are now available online. Create a Trip to save and organize all of your travel ideas, and see them on a map. “Not only does Plum Island offer diverse wildlife, a precious ecosystem, and critical habitat for migratory birds, marine mammals, and rare plants, but it is an essential cultural and historical resource as well,” Mr. Zeldin said in a statement. It made no sense then and it makes even less sense now.”, Environmental advocates have been pushing for preservation for many years now. BRYAN EATON/Staff photosThe Newbury Department of Public Works put no parking signs on both sides of Plum Island Turnpike on Tuesday morning. Since 1954, the center has had the goal of protecting America's livestock from animal diseases. The Pink House. Cammett said she and others would like to see a greater police presence along Plum Island Point on weekends and during other high-volume times, as well as better signs and even physical barriers. You have permission to edit this article. Plum Island Tourism: Best of Plum Island. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge parking lots were closed Friday and earlier this year. The north and south off the ponds roped shut, the extensive boardwalks all closed while renovated. No cloven-hooved mammals — … Low 34F. Although there are private lots, they are closed, as one sign said, “Per Order of the Newbury Police.”. It makes everything we do possible. For Plum Island Residents, Weather is Personal Share Tweet E-mail 0 Comments Print By LIZ ALESSE Listen 3:11 Enlarge image Credit ffjord04 / Flickr Creative Commons Winter weather has taken its toll on Plum Island properties like this one, pictured in February 2013. Sign up now to get our FREE breaking news coverage delivered right to your inbox. Coincidentally, the Plum Island National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is closing all beach access, except at Parking Lot 1, today to protect nesting piping plovers. In 2019, Congress approved $1.5 million to restore the Plum Island lighthouse. Tarah Cammett, a Newburyport resident who began the petition, said the plea was not about keeping people off the beaches but making sure they respect the residents who live there year-round and adhere to recommended social distancing. That action could take place as soon as today after Holaday said she would be meeting with city and Newbury officials remotely this morning to discuss how to move forward, knowing current measures are not keeping enough people away. First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Due to the abundant precautions surrounding the Plum Island research facility, the island has been largely closed to visitors. It is the only lab in the U.S. that works with active strains of the incredibly contagious and animal-ravaging foot-and-mouth disease. It passed on Monday. . Today on the news I saw that beaches were closed because of bacteria in the water. Plum Island parking lot closed to nonresidents every weekend through Labor Day . Later my mom reminded my dad that we were going to Plum Island tomorrow (well today now). Sorry, there are no recent results for popular videos. The bill allocates $18.9 million to the Department of Homeland Security to rehabilitate the terrain after the research center is closed. “But everything is on the table at this point.”. Mike will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, sparkling b…. The notice also says that Lot 1 is closed because of significant damage to the boardwalk during one of our winter storms. Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences. The provision to halt the sale of the island came in the form of an amendment to the 2021 government funding plan, Senator Chuck Schumer said in a release last Wednesday. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. How to use the Plum Island Traffic Map Traffic flow lines: Red lines = Heavy traffic flow, Yellow/Orange lines = Medium flow and Green = normal traffic. Essential Plum Island. On Dec. 20 President Trump signed a bill into law temporarily halting the sale of Plum Island via auction for at least one more year. Plum Island can mean two different experiences. Plum Island Animal Disease Center of New York (PIADCNY) is a United States federal research facility dedicated to the study of animal diseases.It is part of the DHS Directorate for Science and Technology.. NEWBURYPORT — All public parking on Plum Island has been temporarily closed in a joint effort between Newburyport and Newbury to deter visitors and prevent the spread of COVID-19 that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Lee Zeldin were also involved, working with Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to negotiate the preservation of the island. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. “It would have been a grave mistake to sell and develop Plum Island’s 840 acres of habitat, which is home to many endangered species. Although the Plum Island facility and its 400-person workforce have been an important part of the nation's defenses against animal diseases for decades, it's scheduled to shut down by approximately 2023. ...Your support for The East Hampton Star helps us deliver the news, arts, and community information you need. 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