Marshfield: Seawall Committee resigns after Selectmen threaten to dismantle

Marshfield Seawall Committee members beat Selectmen to the punch and dismantled the group by resigning this week.

Seawall Chair Joe Rossi announced Wednesday night that Marshfield Selectmen want the coastal committee gone, “Their reason to dissolve this committee is because they do not agree with us informing the public by going to the media as often as we do with updates of what the committee is doing. Not once were we informed that we were doing anything wrong. We were following our mission statement.”

The Marshfield Seawall Committee has been working with Hull and Scituate to form the brand new Southeast Regional Coastal Coalition, in order to swap knowledge and spread awareness along the South Shore.

Marshfield resident Deb Stuart stated the Seawall Committee was just doing their job, “I think one of their greatest accomplishments has been the transparency and distribution of information to the townspeople. And I find with great sadness tonight that I intend this meeting.”

Rather than getting lost in limbo or a verbal battle, the five Seawall members unanimously voted to leave the committee and continue their goal as a community action group.

Rossi explained they’re focused on protecting residents and the coastline, “I’m trying to be as productive as I can in an environment of destruction. And I think that’s probably the most helpful thing for the people that are directly affected.”

Rossi further stated the Marshfield citizen group will replace the Seawall Committee’s position in the new regional coalition.

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