Letter to the Editor

Not a fan of seaplanes

Dear Editor,

Amazon thinking about seaplanes in Boston Harbor in creating its new Headquarters 2, has caused quite a stir among East Boston residents and some of our elected officials (Possibility of seaplanes in harbor being touted as part of amazon bid, East Boston Times, January 31). For many it was the first time most have heard of the idea of seaplanes being a part of Amazon’s possible selection of Suffolk Downs for its second headquarters.

Many in East Boston are not fans of this idea around Jeffries Point. The idea of seaplanes by Piers Park is a big no-go. I agree with Mary Berminger about seaplanes and LNG tankers sharing water space and as she says, ‘Honestly, who thinks of these things?” Mayor Walsh’s press secretary said seaplanes were never ‘promised” to Amazon and would not be a deal breaker. Mary Berminger is correct while different agencies are discussing seaplanes what about hearing from us in the neighborhoods most affected by such an idea.

Good news for Estie though was the news found in the same day’s Revere Journal (If Amazon wants seaplanes, Revere can accommodate).The site would be behind Northgate where a small airport once existed  by the Saugus River. Google  maps today still  identify the area as a “seaplane basin.”.

I say give Revere all the seaplanes it desires. Better there than anywhere around East Boston. This looks like a win-win for both Revere and East Boston, doesn’t it?

Sal Giarratani

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