Coast Guard Station In Scituate To Remain Open After Public Outcry

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SCITUATE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)— Station Scituate, a seasonal Coast Guard station on the South Shore, will remain open after effort from residents and local lawmakers.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and long with Reps. Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating announced Friday that the Coast Guard had officially canceled their plan to close the station in Scituate and would be keeping it open for the future.

The Coast Guard announced in June of this year that they planned to close the station and three others across the country in a plan to consolidate "redundant' stations.

The original plan named Station Scituate along with other seasonal boat stations in Minnesota, Michigan, and New Jersey as the four stations it planned to close after a 2017 Government Accountability Organization report identified 18 stations that should be consolidated due to their proximity to others.

These four were chosen because nearby stations had capacity to respond to the relatively low number of cases the four stations had to respond to. The report deemed that nearby Point Allerton in Hull could take over for Station Scituate.

Following the announcement in June, residents and local leaders spoke out against Station Scituate's closure claiming the station was not redundant and served as vital part of search and rescue operations in the area. Sens. Markey and Warren and Reps. Lynch and Keating echoed the local lawmakers concerns in a letter to the Coast Guard in August.

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