A federal appeals court today ruled the BRA can't turn a Long Wharf pavilion into a restaurant because the structure is protected from commercial use as part of a federal grant detailed on a map the BRA signed off on, then lost - but which a couple of retired National Park Service workers found three decades later. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the BRA's latest court wranglings to try to put a restaurant in the kiosk at the tip of Long Wharf.
Authority lawyers were in federal appeals court in Boston last week arguing why a US District Court judge was wrong to rule last year that the BRA should knock it off already now that paper documents amazingly reappeared that showed the structure was always intended to be part of a public park, not a commercial structure available for lease.
Neil the roving UHub photographer noticed yesterday a prime waterfront location by the side of Long Wharf was all full up for the night.
Adam Castiglioni noticed this floating helipad docked by Long Wharf today.
A federal judge ruled yesterday the BRA cannot lease the pavilion at the end of Long Wharf to a restaurant because its very own documents show the shelter was always intended to be part of a public park, not a structure available for a commercial lease.
The ruling by US District Court Judge Patti Saris, in what she called "the Long War for Long Wharf," is a victory for a group of North End residents who have been battling with the BRA over the pavilion for years. Read more.
Sit at the end of Long Wharf and it's easy to miss the cormorants - the gulls and terns are constantly screaming for attention, and sometimes getting into fights for key perches, such as the top of the flagpole there. But every so often, you might look down and spot a cormorant bobbing on the water, at least, for a few seconds, before it disappears under the water.
There were several large, ocean-going yachts tied up at Long Wharf today, including one registered to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands: Read more.
Shortly after midnight. Arriving firefighters fairly quickly got him out of the water and into a boat, to await EMTs - who also had to help a firefighter injured in the rescue effort.
Mucka Finyardi looked across the water and Christopher Columbus Park at Long Wharf the other night.
On Tuesday at Long Wharf
The BRA, which has battled some North End residents for years over its unquenching desire to turn a kiosk at the end of Long Wharf into a restaurant, has filed a federal lawsuit against the National Park Service, which now says the kiosk needs to be left alone, because it's basically parkland, NorthEndWaterfront.com reports.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office is identifying the body removed from near Long Wharf yesterday as that of Eric Munsell, 24, who was last seen outside a Broad Street bar on Feb. 8.
A surveillance camera later showed Munsell near Long Wharf. His body was found early yesterday afternoon by the marina on the Columbus Park side of Long Wharf.
An initial investigation showed no signs of foul play.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is still working to confirm the identify of the body removed from Boston Harbor yesterday - as well as awaiting an autopsy by the medical examiner.
Boston firefighters and police detectives are at Long Wharf, where a body was found in the water at the marina on the Columbus Park/Commercial Wharf side around 12:30 p.m.
Long Wharf is near where Eric Munsell of the North End was last seen in February.
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for tomorrow, starting at 6 a.m.:
MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED DURING THE WEDNESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE CYCLE ACROSS MANY NORTH AND EAST FACING COASTLINES FROM BOSTON TO NANTUCKET
NorthendWaterfront.com posts photos of flooding along the waterfront today, including Long Wharf (above) and Columbus Park.
The sea level rise from Boston Harbor appeared worse than that seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 despite significantly less wave action. For example, todayâ€™s high tide showed a record level of water intrusion on the harborwalk at Christopher Columbus Park. Sea level rise and Bostonâ€™s rising tides have also been recently reflected in the recently proposed FEMA flood maps.
Compare this Long Wharf photo to this photo, taken at the height of Sandy.
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