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Stephen Dragotakes says

As a former Boston Resident 1957-1985 and a current Medfield Massachusetts resident I believe I can provide a valid personnel observation on the current status on Peddocks Island. My comment on the proposals for Peddocks Island is based on personal experience visiting the island throughout my life and especially while growing up in Boston and also as a Commonwealth of Massachusetts resident . The beauty of Peddocks Island is its natural setting and lack of development by man. The simple footprint of a service center and simple camp sites are all the island needs. The basis for questioning visitation numbers and for increasing visitation is flawed. the reason for low visitation is not lack or quality/availability of facilities rather it is the extreme limitation of current transportation resources. We should not spend money on fixed leased destination facilities such as a hotel or large indoor fixed seating restaurant facilities with private lease contracts. We should invest in establishing better transpiration to the island with a more frequent schedule than that is currently y provided and with increased availability from more locations. Right now you have to go into Boston to get to the islands along with parking issues and local highway issues. You cant expect families to bring what they need for an excursion on the current MBTA. Also it is a disservice to the citizens of the commonwealth outside of the city of Boston to have no point access for water transportation outside of the city proper.
Establishing more scheduled runs and more access points to water transportation is the answer to increasing visitation, not intensive infrastructure that encourages concentration of financial investment with associated privatization of public space and resources.


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Jeff Stevens says

Today I visited Spectacle Island for the first time since it was proposed to be covered over with Fill from the Big Dig much like the Quincy/Milton quarries out my backyard neighborhood. There and at Georges Island I saw exhibits about the Peddocks Island plans.
I find the natural science displays of the DCR to be boring. I would like to see an educational observational astronomy artistic sculpture on Peddocks [I had hoped one would have been made for Spectacle island] much like other cities have done highlighting the direction of seasonal sunrises and sunsets as well as the periodic moon rises and moon sets. It would not have to be a mini Stonehenge but simplistically it would also be a sundial and could also incorporate locations of the ecliptic and directions of bright meteor showers.
Good to see a plan for Peddocks since I was last there as a member Community Boating when we had weekend harbor trips to the Island.

Jeff L. Stevens
11 Clay St
Milton, MA 02186
jfstevens@msn.com
Milton - Home of the Nation’s oldest weather records
at the Blue Hills Observatory.
http://bluehill.org/observatory


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Jeff Stevens says

Today I visited Spectacle Island for the first time since it was proposed to be covered over with fill from the Big Dig much like the Quincy/Milton quarries out my backyard neighborhood. There and at Georges Island I saw exhibits about the Peddocks Island plans.
I find the natural science displays of the NPS to be boring. It is time to dig deeper and offer a wider experience into the fascinating geology or the area. I want to see exhibits about the New England hot spot that runs from Montreal, Canada through New Hampshire Ossipee Mountains and Pawtuckaway state park off to the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and into the Atlantic with the Great Meteor seamounts.
I addition there should be an exhibit on the sea floor spreading where parts of the African plate are found in the New England states. The trilobites of the Quincy quarries match up there the trilobites of Morocco. The Blue hills railside Museum in Milton has several examples of the giant trilobites.