Jul. 22, 2010 After a disturbing incident on July 4 that left one boy hospitalized, Boston and State Police, in collaboration with state and local officials, have set a “no tolerance” policy for criminal activity along the Dorchester and South Boston waterfront.
All public beaches from Castle Island to the mouth of the Neponset River will close at 11 p.m. According to a letter signed by city and elected officials announcing the increase in law enforcement supervision, anyone on the beaches or in closed parking lots after that hour will be considered trespassers.
“I’m pleased with the response so far. I’m hoping that the response will continue,” said Savin Hill resident and neighborhood activist Bill Walczak.
Officials decided on the plan at a meeting held at BPD District C-11 headquarters on July 8. Both C-11 and C-6 captains attended the meeting where they were joined by representatives from the MBTA Police, State Sen. Jack Hart, Savin Hill State Rep. Martin Walsh, South Boston State Rep. Brian Wallace, City Councillor Maureen Feeney, and Dorchester Neighborhood Coordinator Lauren Smyth, representing the mayor’s office.
According to Walsh, the meeting lasted for about an hour and all parties agreed on on the plan. “They’re not down there to enjoy the water, to enjoy the facilities. They’re down there to cause havoc,” Walsh, who called the July 4 incident the “last straw,” told the Reporter. Walsh said that new signs clearly stating the hours of operation for beaches and parks in the area will be posted soon...
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