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Hundreds of people filled the auditorium of Marblehead High School Monday night for a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.
The main topic on the agenda, the reason everyone gave up their time to be there, was a special permit request to allow developers to create The Mariner, a planned assisted-living facility for 265 Pleasant St.
However, from the start, the stage was set for what kind of meeting it was going to be. Alternate ZBA board member Jim Rudolph said that given that the first two steps of the meeting would be presentation from the developers’ experts and time for the board members to ask questions, there was no guarantee there would be time for public comments and there would likely be no vote by the meeting’s end.