Happy Summer! There is a buzz in the air that we haven’t felt in a while. After “missing” last summer, there is a hunger to connect with each other and with our favorite places. We look forward to honoring these feelings by celebrating the eighth year of Eastie Week and bringing back in-person programs like HarborFit on the Boston Harborwalk as well as offering Island Yoga and Jazz on the Porch on Spectacle Island.
Boston Harbor ferries are also back and the system is growing just in time for Water Transit Month. Boston Harbor City Cruises offer seven-day services to Spectacle AND Georges Island this summer while MBTA ferries from Hingham are stopping at Georges Island. Finally, in partnership with the UMASS Marine Division and the National Park Service, we have restarted our tours out and around Little Brewster Island and the historic Boston Light.
Boston Harbor has been in the news a lot with the launch of the new Coalition for a Resilient and Inclusive Waterfront. We are excited to connect the critical waterfront issues of our Rivers and Harbor to all of the neighborhoods of Boston and communities of Greater Boston. Every Mayoral candidate is demonstrating their knowledge and commitment to issues of access, inclusivity, climate change, and economic vitality along our shores. We look forward to learning even more at the Mayoral Forum on July 29th.
Finally, given our rapidly changing weather, rising tides, and heat waves it is important to include a mention of the Stone Living Lab’s Climate Cafe. The Coalition’s recent poll put climate change, as well as more parks, at the top of our list of waterfront issues. We are aware, we care, and to learn more we hope you will participate in the upcoming Climate Cafe, Thursday, July 22nd.
I hope to see you on the Harbor.
Katherine F. Abbott
President and CEO
Boston Harbor Now