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 the state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled the developers of a proposed hotel at Lewis Wharf can't using harbor pilings that are currently submerged at high tide, which poses a bit of a problem since much of the project was planned for those pilings.
Charles Larner, who owns Pier 6 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, said today he'd hire a "launch boat" to offer free shuttle service between the that restaurant and the one he wants to build on the East Boston waterfront - and that he would look to eventually expand the boat runs to other waterfront neighborhoods. Read more.
Blake Stacey wonders what this "persistent water splashy thing" off the UMass Harbor Walk is.
A concerned citizen reports this couch is just sitting on the rocks off LoPresti Park in East Boston.
It's fireworks to celebrate Boston Harbor or Labor Day or just our ability to shoot giant explosives into the air.
John Gage captured the sunset over the Tobin this evening.
Massport wants in on a federal lawsuit against Eversource and the MWRA over an electrical cable that feeds the Deer Island sewage plant, which the government says was not installed as deeply under Boston Harbor as required, which means it's now in the way of a $350-million dredging project. Read more.
UPDATE: Helicopters are buzzing the area around Egleston Square as well.
Once again, reports are flooding into Helicopter Central here of low-flying, buzzing, really loud choppers just making loops around Boston Harbor, from Logan to Aquarium and back again, over and over again, so we're going to assume they're part of the same mysterious Pentagon/police training exercises we're not supposed to know about, except it's kind of hard to ignore giant blacked out eggbeaters roaring over your heads. Read more.
Yes, there are military-type helicopters flitting all over downtown, the South End and the harbor tonight. Boston Police acknowledge they're part of some training exercise involving the Defense Department and local police that BPD was really hoping nobody would notice, except it's hard to keep the local twitterati quiet when helicopters are afoot: Read more:
There's this yacht that's been docked this summer at Commercial Wharf with a helicopter on it. NorthEndWaterfront.com reports it's for sale.
Kristie Helms watched the sunset over downtown from an island in Boston Harbor this evening.
Roving UHub photographer Frank Kosiba spotted this reminder of the overnight thunderstorms on K Street in South Boston.
For a more immediate view of nature's fury, take a look at this amazing photo of lightning crashing down around Graves Light during one of the storms.
Five years ago, Rodrique Ngowi interviewed a worker and program director at the Boston Public Health Commission's farm on Long Island - beyond the food, the farm helped shelter residents learn work and life skills.
The Globe reports:
The decision to allow the b.good restaurant chain to take over Boston’s only city-owned farm - at no cost, and without seeking other proposals - has enraged its former managers, who view the new arrangement as a violation of the public trust and a waste of scarce urban community farmland.
Also: City no longer committed to re-opening the bridge.