Quincy Mayor Tom Koch said today that not only will he fight plans to rebuild the Long Island Bridge, he wants a say on any developments on Long Island.
In a message posted today, Koch said that while he appreciates Marty Walsh's commitment to recovery, as well as a courtesy call Walsh made before announcing his intentions to rebuild the bridge, Walsh should not count on any support for the bridge on the other side of the Neponset.
Although Boston owns Long Island, the road approaches to the former bridge go through Quincy. Since the evacuation of the island's homeless shelters and treatment facilities in 2014, the island has been used only for a summer camp and a farm handed over to the b.good chain.
While I appreciate Mayor Walsh’s intentions, I see no reason why any vision for the reuse of Long Island cannot be achieved through water transportation. To stake the future of the island to a new bridge just doesn’t make sense to me – both from a financial perspective and from a neighborhood perspective.
Mayor Walsh called me on Sunday to let me know he’d be announcing his intention to rebuild the bridge during his Inaugural, and I appreciate the open lines of communication he has created with our community since taking office. I also have a great deal of respect for his vision and his commitment to our shared fight against addiction. I’m confident that this communication and an open dialogue between the two cities will continue as the future vision for the Island takes shape. Quincy must have a seat at the table
In the weeks after the bridge's closing, Boston public-health officials rejected the idea of ferrying patients to the island by boat because of possible problems getting them to a hospital for acute care during bad weather.