Help buy & protect Back Shore Land!

Important Update:   This campaign has changed!  Save Our Shores Gloucester has signed a definitive purchase & sale agreement to buy this land and protect it forever!

We have just a few weeks to raise enough money to cover the purchase price of $75,000, legal fees, closing costs, insurance, etc.

Once we purchase this land, we will determine the best way to protect it forever, and to ensure public access forever.

But for now, we need your help to take advantage of this great opportunity.  Please donate!  Any excess funds raised will be used to protect the rest of Gloucester's undeveloped coastline.


More details are available in this press release.


Save Our Shores Gloucester is a group of concerned citizens working to preserve Gloucester's undeveloped shoreline, and to protect natural habitats and wildlife for the benefit of all forever.

Gloucester's historic Back Shore is under threat from a proposed subdivision, which would construct four houses on the rocks, on the ocean side of 166-178 Atlantic Road. 

Due to flood-zone construction laws, each house would be mounted on 24 steel supports, reaching almost 20 feet *above* the level of the rocks.  You can see in this video mock-up just how appalling this idea is:

This proposal is currently before the city's Planning Board, and Save Our Shores Gloucester is leading the fight.  We have retained a land-use attorney, and we are preparing a legal response.  

Such a legal response is expensive, and your donation will help fund our fight.  In addition, donations will be used to preserve more of Gloucester's undeveloped coastline, through a variety of legal and community efforts.  These may include conservation easements, direct land purchase, zoning changes, and more.

Gloucester was founded in 1623, and the Back Shore has survived almost 400 years without such development.  Please help us preserve it for the next 400 years.

Extensive coverage of this proposal can be found on the Gloucester Daily Times web site.

More information about Save Our Shores Gloucester is available at 


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  • Kevin and Kathleen Clancy 
    • $1,000 (Offline)
    • 57 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 57 mos
  • Lillian&Craig Olmsted 
    • $100 
    • 57 mos
  • Susan Casey & Peter Calkins 
    • $100 
    • 57 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $1,000 
    • 57 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Martin Del Vecchio 
Gloucester, MA
Stephen Meltzer 
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