About the Metropolitan Beaches Commission
The Metropolitan Beaches Commission was created in 2006 by the Massachusetts Legislature to take an in-depth look at the Boston metropolitan region's 15 public beaches. These span Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull and are all managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The Commission is comprised of elected officials and community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders from Boston and the
metropolitan region's waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities. Their meetings and actions are facilitated by Save the Harbor / Save the Bay, one of the nonprofit partners.
In 2013, the Commission reconvened to examine the impacts of the reforms and recommendations made in its first report and issue additional findings and recommendations to better leverage these resources for residents in the future.
In 2018, the Commission began another round of public hearings in preparation for issuing its third major report, due in the summer of 2019. More than 500 people participated in the process which included 10 public hearings - one in each of the beachfront communities, a regional hearing to review the initial findings and recommendations, and a hearing at the Massachusetts State House to hear from DCR and issue matter experts regarding best practices for various aspects of beach management.
The Commission also released an online survey (tinyurl.com/BeachesSurvey) to receive public comment.