Letter from the President
Dear Friends of East Beach:
I trust you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day and, if lucky enough, you were able to work off the turkey with a long walk on East Beach.
It was another amazing summer on the beach, capped off by late season surf that had the locals totally stoked. This was our first season for the implementation of the "storied plastics" recycling initiative - the first of its kind in the Ocean State. There was also a very rare, close-in-shore sighting of a whale that seemed to be enjoying the local baitfish as it frolicked in the waves. For anyone interested in seeing our baleen beach visitor, there's a brief amateur video clip I can share with you.
Two massive pieces of driftwood washed ashore that were well beyond the capability of our crew and equipment, and had to be removed by a subcontractor. In addition to our crew's solid job maintaining the beach all season, in September we had over two dozen volunteers show up for a coastal cleanup on our beach - by far the largest such volunteer effort on East Beach in a very long time. It also seems that the debate about the rights-of-way and "drop zones" has - at least for the time-being - subsided. We will continue to monitor the situation. And of course, there was the "mystery object" that garnered international media attention and provided us all with some intrigue and a fun day for a removal "ceremony". As I write this, I continue to field proffered theories from mystery sleuths and conspiracy theorists near and far. However, whatever it is continues to remain a mystery.
This year we welcomed two new directors, Meredith Flynn and Dinah Saglio, and also thanked out-going directors Thomas C. Burke, Jr. and Ann Tighe, both of whom faithfully served the EBA for 6 years. Lastly, we were very fortunate to once again have Steve Iacoi return as our crew chief for a seventh season.
If you haven't noticed, this is the first and only correspondence you will receive in 2017 from EBA. I want to take this opportunity to thank those who donated so generously to the EBA in 2016 and those who have donated thus far this year. As you can imagine, every year our labor, fuel and insurance costs all go up. All donations - large and small - are very much welcome and appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your continued generosity to the EBA. I wish you all the best for the upcoming holidays and a happy new year. See you on the beach.
Peter J. Brockmann, President