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Town of Nahant Receives $34,590 Grant in Support of State Planning Assistance Program

NAHANT — Town Administrator Antonio Barletta is pleased to announce that the Town of Nahant has been awarded a $34,950 state grant to fund sustainable development projects.  

The grant was made possible by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Land Use Planning Program. The grant program provides municipalities with critical funding to undertake public processes and hire technical expertise to mitigate and prepare for climate change impacts, improve land use practices, conserve, and sustainably develop land, and diversify housing choices.

Nahant will use the grant to engage the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for assistance with the Town’s Housing Production Plan and developing zoning that will comply with Multifamily Zoning for MBTA Communities regulations.

The grant is part of $1.2 million in federal grant funding awarded by the state to 26 municipal agencies for sustainable development projects.

“Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration, which has consistently recognized the challenges facing smaller communities,” Barletta said. “This grant is critical to help Nahant work toward meeting its housing production goals.”

About The Planning Assistance Grant Program

The Planning Assistance Grant Program is part of the technical assistance offered to communities in support of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Housing Choice Initiative and to help municipalities comply with Section 3A of the Zoning Act (MBTA Communities). Through the program, funding enables municipalities to improve their land use practices, diversify housing choices, mitigate and prepare for climate change impacts, and otherwise plan, regulate, and act to conserve and develop land consistent with the Massachusetts’ Sustainable Development Principles.


Tax Classification Hearing

Town of Nahant

Board of Selectmen

Tax Classification Hearing

Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 6:30pm via ZOOM

Eugene Canty, Chairman, Mark P. Cullinan, Vice Chairman

Joshua A. Antrim, Recording Secretary, Antonio Barletta, Town Administrator 

The Nahant Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 6:30pm via Zoom on the issue of Tax Classification. Full Zoom Details listed at the end of this announcement.

The purpose of the Hearing is to allow tax payers the opportunity to present their views on whether or not Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Open Space, and Personal Property should be taxed with one rate for all property classes or to use different tax rates for different classes of property. The Hearing will include a presentation by the Town Assessor and Board of Assessors.

At the conclusion of the Public Hearing the Board of Selectmen shall determine whether or not “one” tax rate shall be applied for the Fiscal Year 2023 tax rate. Currently the Town taxes at a single tax rate for all property classes. In addition, the Board of Selectmen will determine whether or not to allow exemptions for small commercial businesses and owner-occupied residential properties. All concerned taxpayers are encouraged to attend to present their views orally or in writing.

If there are questions about the hearing, please contact Sheila Hambleton in the Assessor’s Office at 781-581-0212.

Eugene Canty

Chairman, Nahant Board of Selectmen

Topic: Nahant Board of Selectmen Tax Classification Hearing and Meeting Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 6:30pm via ZOOM.

Meeting ID: 863 8431 0776

Passcode: 160509

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It’s that time of year again to get your flu shot! The Nahant Town Hall along with the Nahant Public Health Department will be hosting a Flu Clinic on Wednesday September 28, 2022 for Nahant Residents and Nahant Employees only. The Clinic will be held in the Main Hall at the Nahant Town Hall, 334 Nahant Road. 

The High Dose Flu Clinic will run from 10:00AM-12:00PM and is for people 65 years and older

The Regular Dose Flu Clinic will run from 3:00PM-5:00PM and is for people 18 years and older

You must register for the clinic! You can use the link below or scan the QR code on the poster below that matches your age group. There will be LIMITED Walk-In Availability based on Inventory. 

If you have questions or concerns please email Anna McNicholas-Public Health Nurse at 

**If you need assistance registering for the clinic call Kristin Taylor during regular Town Hall business hours at 781-581-9927 ext. #14**

Click the Link below to register for the High Dose Flu Clinic: 65 years and older

Click Link below to register for Regular Dose Flu Clinic: 18 years and older

Town of Nahant Receives $96,900 State Grant to Protect Forty Steps Beach

NAHANT — Town Administrator Antonio Barletta is pleased to announce that the Town of Nahant has received a $96,900 state grant to develop a climate protection plan for Forty Steps Beach.

Nahant is one of 27 communities and organizational partners that received $12.6 million in funding through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ (EEA) Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). The grants were announced at a ceremony in Plymouth on Monday, Sept. 19, kicking off the state’s recognition of Climate Week.

Grants assist awardees in preparing for severe coastal storms and the impacts of climate change.

The Town will provide an additional $32,600, bringing the total program to $129,500. The Town will use Federal Emergency Management Act funding received in 2018 for repairs to the coastal bank following storms.

The Town will use the grant funding to investigate ways to protect the shore and coastal bank at the beach. Funding also will be used to develop the preferred protection plan, and to begin working with state agencies that have permitting oversight.

“Forty Steps Beach is a true gem. We thank the Baker-Polito Administration and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for supporting our request, and for their foresight in protecting the state’s natural resources,” Town Administrator Barletta said.

“This grant will allow us to design a project that can be permitted and will provide future resiliency against rising sea levels,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Gene Canty.

Nahant Farmers Market September 17, 2022

Don’t forget to come down to Flash Road Park this Saturday September 17th from 10AM-1PM for our September Farmer’s Market!!! We have about 25 vendors joining this market selling jewelry, pottery, books, honey, candles, cold pressed juices, maple syrup, produce. clothing, food, and so much more! There will also be a variety of local community groups. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or for a full list of vendors visit our Farmers Market page at Parking and public restrooms available. For questions or more information email See you there! 

Notice by the Planning Board Seeking Presentations from Nahant Residents on Issues Related to Short-Term Rentals

Given its mandate, the Planning Board has decided to hold a public forum on Tuesday, September 20, at 6 pm in Conference Room No. 2 on the lower level of Town Hall (the public forum will also be on zoom).  The purpose of this forum is to enhance the Planning Board’s perspective on short-term rentals so that it can provide initial suggestions and recommendations to the members of the Short-Term Rental By-Law Advisory Committee established at the last Town meeting.

The Planning Board is seeking representative members of the public to make a 5-7 minute presentations on their views on short-term rentals, and has asked the Chairman of the Planning Board, Rob Steinberg, to select these presenters based on his discretion as well as review of proposed written statements of position to be submitted to him by no later than September 12, 2022.  The Planning Board anticipates the Chairman will select 5-6 presenters, and has charged the Chairman to identify presenters with a diversity of viewpoints. The written statement of position should be no more than two pages long but may contain attachments in support of the presenter’s arguments.

 If you are interested in presenting a position on short-term housing to the Planning Board at the September 20, 2022, public meeting, please submit your written statement to

State Primary and General Election Voting Information

Hello residents of Nahant! 

Don’t forget to vote for the upcoming State Primary and General Elections. Below you will find more information regarding last days to register to vote, early voting, poll hours and more. 

  • The last day to register to vote for the State Primary Election is August 27th, 2022. 
  • The last day to register for the November 8th General Election is October 29th, 2022.

To register to vote online, please visit this link: 

The Town Clerk’s office will also be open from 9am-5pm on the dates listed above, for in-person voter registration. 

For more information, please view the flyers below or visit the Town Clerk’s page at:

*Information for Early Voting regarding the September 6th State Primary*

  • In-person Early Voting starting Saturday, August 27th – Friday, September 2nd 

(All residents planning to vote for the State Primary Election, must be registered by August 27th, and by October 29th for the General Election)

If you have any additional questions, please call the Town Clerk: 

Diane Dunfee

(781-581-0018) Ext #17


Hoompa Nickel Road Race

Hello everyone! 

It will soon be time for Nahant’s annual “Hoompa Nickel Road Race”. This year’s running road race is being proudly sponsored by the American Legion Post 215 & honorably dedicated to WWII Coast Guard Veteran, Master Chief Petty Officer Maurice Poulin. Master Chief Poulin served his country all around the world during WWII and back home including serving at Nahant’s Historic Lifesaving Station.

All proceeds of this race will benefit the Nahant American Legion Welfare Committee whose mission is to support veterans and families during illnesses or other special needs and a  special building fund to support the replacement of the ocean-facing Boat Room Doors at the Lifesaving Station.

This is a kid-friendly event and not only is there a race for adults, but there is a Kid Fun Run/Walk that takes place 30 minutes before the 5 Miler Race. 


The American Legion at the Nahant Life Saving Station

96 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA US 01908


September 17th

  • The 1 Mile Kid Fun Run/Walk will start at 1:30pm
  • Miler race will start at 2:00pm

If you are interested in signing up or becoming a volunteer for the race, please visit;  

*Race registration ends September 16th*

*Free t-shirts for the first 100 race registrants!*

Pleasant Street Playground Safety Upgrade

The Town is happy to announce that the Pleasant Street Playground, next to the Nahant Public Library has a beautiful new addition of a fence on the street side of the park. This addition is part of the Department of Public Works Capital Improvement Plan for an upgrade to park safety. The fence has locking gates on each end giving you that extra sense of security when bringing the kids there to play. This park offers swings, slides, climbing structures and picnic tables!