“While I’m glad that the process is now going to be reopened … my positive feelings are tempered by the fact that we’ve lost a year-and-a-half because of the detrimental way MassDevelopment leadership had been running the show.” — State Rep. Bill Straus
How Kevin Rose halted offshore wind operations in New Bedford, won a new contract, and restored confidence in the local longshoremen’s union
“It’s not typically where you see these animals … Right now, unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information.” — Misty Niemeyer, stranding coordinator with IFAW
State Reps. William Straus, Antonio Cabral, Christopher Hendricks, Christopher Markey and Paul Schmid assert that MassDevelopment thwarted efforts by officials to obtain more information on the submitted proposals while the decision-making process was underway.
Behind the scenes, state legislators have been largely critical, not just of the proposal but of the eight-month selection process that they described as lacking in transparency and circumventing their authority in managing the use of the state-owned property.
Group that includes Black Whale owner Steve Siverstein, BASE’s Cassie Canastra and former Port Authority director Ed Washburn selected to reinvent, develop 8-acre area