To the editor:
With port after port dropping like lemmings to the doom of gentrification — and as maritime commerce, its needs ever expanding, continues to flourish — this vast economic potential must consolidate where it can.
With our world-class harbor, state-of-the-art shoreside facilities and prime properties zoned for marine industrial use available, Gloucester might just remain "The Last Man Standing."
I believe that, with rebuilt fish stocks and the lifetime of restrictions in sight, this city is so poised to finally benefit from years of struggle and sacrifice that it would be short-sighted and irresponsible to compromise marine industrial zoning in the Fort or anywhere else in the city.
Zoned as they are, these properties and their capacity to generate employment for skilled labor and authentically expand the tax base will quickly outflank any enterprise possible under the quick-fix jeopardy of hotel overlay districting and development.
Beach Street, Gloucester