A proposal to shut down a portion of Main Street for a National Marine Life Center fundraiser drew mixed reaction from the Bourne Board of Selectmen on June 3.
President and executive director of the center Kathryn A. Zagzebski went before the board that night with her proposal for a street festival. The event would close Main Street from the parking lot at Buzzards Bay Park to Wallace Avenue. Funds from the festival would go to the marine center.
Board members Donald E. (Jerry) Ellis and Donald J. Pickard both said that the idea of a street festival, to replace the Scallop Festival, is a good idea. However, the opinions of Bourne Police Chief Dennis R. Woodside and Bourne Fire Chief Martin Greene would weigh heavily on their decision whether to approve.
Ms. Zagzebski admitted that in early discussions with Chief Woodside he was “hesitant at this point to close those streets.”
Mr. Ellis suggested that Ms. Zagzebski consider moving the festival off the street, into Buzzards Bay Park.
“I think it’s a heck of an idea and it’s a way to generate people into Buzzards Bay, which really needs it,” he said.