To the editor:
I've lived in Gloucester for almost 40 years, and have owned and operated my studio at the Fort since 1985.
I've happily worked side by side with fellow artists, marine industrial and residential neighbors, and I am proud of these friends and believe that a hotel could coexist peacefully.
The other sites proposed by opponents to Beauport Gloucester (but not by anyone with the ability to make it happen) lack something that we all know is important to tourists: beach access. Regarding the objections to putting a hotel in the location proposed — this is a good piece of property that has been going to waste for a very long time.
It's a blight on the neighborhood and to Gloucester. We finally have a business with a solid proposal and the funding to back it up, hoping to place a hotel there that will not get in the way of those businesses left on the Fort or negatively impact the everyday lives of its residents.
This is our chance for positive progress on the Fort, progress that will benefit the whole city.
I'm a part of the Fort, and I'm for Beauport Gloucester.