THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY ADVOCACY. THE KIDS ARE RETURNING TO GOOD HARBOR BEACH FOR THEIR NEXT PRACTICE. Councilor-at-large Jeff Worthley shares the following,”I just learned that that advocacy for returning students back to Good Harbor has been effective and a decision was made to reverse course. The kids exercise Monday, Wednesday and Friday so I think you’ll see them back there on Friday.”
I don’t know if we can make this happen or not but there is a situation happening at Good Harbor Beach that I think everyone who cares about our local kids should be aware of. For 36 years, Gloucester football coaches have been running an excellent summer conditioning work-out for kids at the footbridge side of the beach. The conditioning practice is held three mornings a week and starts at around 5:30am, lasting for about two hours. Coach Lattof, Coach O’Connor, and another gentleman, Craig I believe is his name, are there giving the kids a very challenging conditioning practice, and also using the time to develop great teamwork and strong citizen spirits. The kids have summer jobs and that is why the early schedule. The team players are respectful, helpful, courteous, clean-up any beverage bottles, and are not any noisier than the beach is on a typical sunny weekend summer morning when the beach is beginning to fill up. And the noise level doesn’t come close to the dull roar that is Good Harbor Beach by noon time on any given sunny summer day.
ONE neighbor complaining about the noise during practice does not warrant moving the kids off Good Harbor Beach to Stage Fort Park, which is exactly what has happened. To see these kids so earnestly practicing every morning, this generation that has grown up in such turbulent times, with Covid and “active shooter drills” as part of their daily routine, treated like less than the good people they are striving to become is just plain infuriating!
The kids are really disappointed, to say the least. They were really getting into checking on the Plovers and took great pride in telling people to watch out for them. The kids felt like Good Harbor Beach is what made conditioning special; it is something unique to Gloucester that no one else has and it is their way of connecting with nature and the community.
The objective of our Plover program is to work with the community to ensure that Good Harbor Beach is open for Everyone to share the shore, most importantly kept open for our high school sports teams, along with endangered shorebirds. Please share this and please write to Mayor Verga and City Councilors to please let them know that we want the high school kids back on the beach.
Thank you most sincerely,
Kim and team Piping Plover Ambassadors