Coast Guard breaks ground for new Menemsha boathouse


The officers and crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Menemsha broke ground Tuesday afternoon for a new boathouse to replace one destroyed by fire on July 12, 2010.

Plans call for construction of a 5,000 square-foot, single-bay building for boat maintenance, with crew support spaces, as well as a new boat ramp. It is expected to be complete next June.

“Today marks a great day in the history of the boathouse of Menemsha and also the community,” Capt. John Kondratowicz, sector commander, Southeastern New England, said. “Through the years, the missions changed, the boats have changed, and now the boathouse will change, and it will take on a lot of the new missions.”

Senior Chief Jason Olsen, thanked Chilmark town officials and local law enforcement who attended the ceremony for their part in planning and design of the new boathouse.