Edgartown loves a parade for St. Patrick’s Day


The Harbor View Hotel will throw a parade in Edgartown on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Selectmen approved the plan at their Monday meeting.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am at the Dock Street parking lot, proceed a short distance along Dock Street, up Kelley Street, and end at the Newes from America Pub.

The hotel earned some good will with a successful fireworks celebration on New Year’s Eve and recent entertainment events that have brightened up the winter. Hotel executives asked police to close the streets for about 10 minutes to accommodate the parade.

“We can handle that,” police chief Tony Bettencourt said. “They did such a good job on New Year’s Eve, I think we can handle a one-block parade.”

In other business, selectmen Monday set hearing to review the year-round alcohol license held by Il Tesoro, and Italian restaurant at 27 South Summer Street. Selectmen will determine whether the restaurant violated the terms of the license. Selectmen scheduled the hearing for March 26 at 4:10 pm.

Also Monday, selectmen discussed adopting new regulations to allow town officials to participate in government meetings remotely.

In 2010, the state changed the open meeting law to allow participation by video or phone conference in special circumstances. Under the law, selectmen must set the policy for all town boards.

Town administrator Pam Dolby said she has received several requests from town officials who spend large parts of the winter away from Edgartown.

Ms. Dolby recommended that selectmen allow limited remote participation.

“I don’t think this was put in for people who spend two or three months down south,” Ms. Dolby said.

“There’s generally a quorum of the board present to take action,” selectman Margaret Serpa said. “If you’re going to have somebody step in who hasn’t been around, it’s going to be kind of awkward.”

Selectmen decided to study the issue further, but they voted unanimously not to allow remote participation until the board sets a specific policy.