Marshfield: Selectmen respond to Seawall Committee charge; Star Market remains alcohol-free

Marshfield Selectmen reacted to last week’s mass resignation by members of the Seawall Committee. Selectman Matt McDonough shot down recent accusations from Seawall Committee Chairman Joe Rossi that Marshfield Selectmen wanted the committee disbanded.

At Monday night’s meeting, McDonough responded to Rossi’s comment that Selectmen disagree with the Seawall Committee informing media about updates stating “that is far from the truth.”

“I have never had a conversation with Mr. Rossi about disbanding the Seawall Committee. And I always get extremely disappointed when I hear people putting words in my mouth” said McDonough

Selectmen Chair John Hall stated it was never their intention to dismiss Seawall members or the committee in its entirety, rather a Coastal Advisory Board will be assembled to include members from DPW, Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Seawall members, if they wish. Chair Hall explained they’re not abandoning their focus on seawalls, but broadening the scope of the original group’s mission statement.

Also at the meeting, Selectmen denied a local supermarket chain’s request to sell beer and wine. Shaw’s and Star Market was the first grocery store in town to take advantage of a new law which increases the number of liquor licenses a large company can have.

Resident Robert Galvin explained to Selectmen that Marshfield’s downtown area is already crowded with liquor stores, “I’ve never argued against competition; competition is good. But saturation, I think, is the thing here tonight. I don’t see there is a public need for another beer and wine license.”

Local package store owners attended the Selectmen’s meeting in opposition of Star Market’s request, fearing a loss of business. Marshfield Selectmen may have unanimously rejected the request due to ‘saturation’ but they aren’t completely ruling out supermarket liquor licenses. They expect Roche Bros to also submit an application.

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