Boston Ship Repair Inc. has already had a taste of the possible conflicts. Concern about wind-blown paint landing on cars parked near Dry Dock 3 of the Marine Industrial Park forced the company to paint ships' smokestacks by hand, company president Stephen DiLeo confirmed.
Anxiety over the issue has been heightened recently as a result of two moves by Mayor Thomas M. Menino that critics fear will weaken the defenses of traditional port activities in the city-owned Marine Industrial Park. The 191-acre park, created from the South Boston Naval Annex when it was turned over to the city 20 years ago, holds 200 companies employing 3,500.
Menino last January proposed putting the park up for sale to private bidders, using the proceeds (some speculate it might bring as much as $50 million) to start a job creation program for city residents. The mayor said it made sense to put the park back on the tax rolls now that it has been fully developed by the city. The current tenants would be protected by their leases, he added.