(BOSTON) – Today State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined members of the federal delegation, Massachusetts State Senators and Representatives, and town officials in celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to preserve its seasonal station in Scituate.
Since June 9, when the U.S. Coast Guard announced its intention to shutter the Scituate station as part of a broader effort to consolidate four “redundant” stations across the United States, federal and state legislators alongside town officials have advocated for the station’s preservation using a variety of tactics. On August 31, legislators and officials rallied to save the station, highlighting the many benefits offered by the station and the drawbacks its closure could cause. Shortly after, members of the South Shore Legislative Delegation sent a letter outlining concerns related to the station’s closure to the Commander of the First Coast Guard District, Rear Admiral Thomas G. Allan, Jr.
Following an extended period of public comment, federal lawmakers announced the Coast Guard’s decision to maintain the operations of the station on October 1.
“The Coast Guard’s announcement that the Scituate Station will remain in service is a welcome decision for South Shore communities,” said Representative Meschino. “I’m grateful to our federal delegation, my colleagues in the state legislature, and town officials for our successful joint advocacy and to the Coast Guard for retaining the critical lifesaving and rescue services provided by the Scituate Station.”