Jenna Kinghorn Says: You Probably Know That Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Is An Important Place To Me, And Many Of You Have Spent Some Time With Me Exploring Its Magical Reef Which Is Internationally Known In the Marine Science Commuity For Its Amazing Biodiversity.

Right now there’s a state government review underway to formalize the boundaries of the reserve as part of the Marine Life Protection Act.

Supporters of the reserve have been hoping to make the reserve a little bigger and strengthen its protections and make them permanent. Our preferred proposal, which is endorsed by the board of the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, the Ocean Conservancy, and other marine conservation organizations, is called “Proposal 4”.

But recreational anglers have organized to support a proposal (Called Proposal 2XA) that may WEAKEN the current reserve, actually cutting it in half and opening the southern part to even more fishing than is allowed under current rules. Recently they have executed a letter/email-writing campaign that makes it look like there is tremendous support for their proposal and VERY LITTLE for ours!

If you could take 5 minutes out of your busy day to
1) copy the text of the email (attached) I sent to the decision-makers into a blank email
2) replace my signature with your own name and city
3) enter a subject line such as “Support for Proposal 4”
4) and send it to [email protected]
it would go a long way towards improving our chances of showing that Proposal 4 has just as much public support as Proposal 2XA. We hope to get Proposal 4 adopted to ensure that FMR will be a robust environment and great place to take your kids for generations to come.

You can learn more about the whole MLPA process (which is full of other acronyms and lots of government doublespeak and REALLY TEDIOUS meetings) at

Feel free to personalize your letter, but even submitting just this “form letter” in my email attachment (read on to sign and send the letter) will count towards our support.

Hugs — Jenna

email Jenna: ([email protected])

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Charlie Nye, Jr.: RIP —Father was a Moss Beach Pioneer/Known For Legendary Clam Chowder

Charlie Nye: We loved you dearly for being exactly who you were…terribly eccentric and a genial host.. who always made the unexpected guests who knocked on his door (often out of sheer curiosity) feel welcome at “The Reefs.”

Jenna Kinghorn, editor of “Between the Tides,”–the Friends of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve newletter me that Charlie Nye of Moss Beach (and “The Reefs” fame) has passed. Look for an obit in the March edition (online or via mail) of “Between the Tides.”

Charlie Nye, Jr. sitting amid the clutter of “The Reefs II” in 1980. The “Reefs II” was built on the cliffs overlooking the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve after the original Reefs built on the beach itself was destoryed in a by June

Posing outside “The Reefs II” charlie.jpg

reefsbeach.jpgPhoto: A day at the beach– with “The Reefs” in the background. The building was destroyed by big waves during a storm more than 70 years ago.

Inside “The Reefs”: insidereefs.jpg

reefs.jpg The Reefs was built on the sands of the present day Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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