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Plum Island residents scramble to save homes

NEWBURY — Anxious to protect his home from the relentless ocean, Bob Connors left a meeting on beach erosion Monday and went home and jumped into a forklift to begin dropping 6,000-pound cement blocks on the side of his property in Newbury.

“It’s clear that folks should do what they need to [do to] protect their homes,” said state Senator Bruce Tarr, who chaired the two-hour meeting of the Merrimack River Beach Alliance. “They shouldn’t worry right now about fines or sanctions.”

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