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.
At that time the Commission held 10 public hearings – two at the State House and 8 in Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and the region’s beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket.
Nearly 1,000 people attended these hearings, and shared their thoughts about how to improve their beaches.
Early in 2014, the Commission invited all those who took part in the process to review our findings and recommendations, to make certain that we got it right before we released our final report.