Great treatment, but two problems


To the Editor:

My wife and I have been vacationing in Oak Bluffs Harbor on our sailboat, The Depot, on a town mooring since 1987. While we were working, we spent our two-week summer vacation here, and since our retirement in 2005, we have spent six to eight weeks summering here.

I would like to thank the selectmen and their predecessors for all the improvements to Oak Bluffs you have made and supported over the years — the new bulkheads, pump-out boat, marina launch, ferry building, restrooms, sidewalks, flowers, etc.

I would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you for banning evening outdoor entertainment. Sleeping on our sailboat in the harbor is much easier and enjoyable. It was a tragedy that the O’Connells had to leave after decades of vacationing here.

Hopefully, the selectmen will sustain the present ruling to ban evening outdoor entertainment.

I would like to request that the selectmen review two present problems with the harbormaster, problems that have been getting worse this winter. Let me start by saying the young adult marina personnel and Paul are very sincere and helpful and try to always help when they can.

The first problem is no generators/engines running after 10 pm and loud noise after 11 pm. (The harbormaster should never allow generators to run after 10. If a boat needs electricity they should go to a slip.) With the weakening economy, more and more large power boats are using less expensive moorings, and they feel they have the right to run their generators all night for air conditioning and other items, with no consideration for others.

Also, on Friday and Saturday nights there are many loud parties on boats that go well past midnight. At 10 pm all marina personnel go home, leaving the policing of noise to the boaters trying to sleep. This is a potentially dangerous situation. Policing should be done by adult marina personnel, with training and the authority to enforce the rules.

The second growing problem is the overcrowding at dinghy docks. Islanders are using the dinghy docks to dock their personal boats that are not used as dinghies. This creates a dangerous situation when there are so many dinghies at the dinghy dock that you have to climb over dinghies to get to the dock. I have personally seen three boaters fall in the water trying to do this. I think there is a simple solution. No overnight docking at the dinghy dock.

Thank you again for all you and your predecessors have done, and I hope you are able to address with the harbormaster the two problems that are getting worse every year.

Stephen DePaola