Fuel available on Oak Bluffs Harbor
Fuel is once again available to boaters in Oak Bluffs Harbor. Damaged underground fuel tanks were capped by filling them with concrete early last week. Capping the tanks was the last obstacle to state and local permits for Oak Bluffs businessmen Mark and Mike Wallace. The Church's Pier fuel facility was re-opened just in time for the July 4th weekend.
When no fuel was available for the beginning of the boating season, the town of Oak Bluffs moved to establish a temporary diesel and gasoline facility to service boats. But the town has said it will not move forward with those plans, as long as reliable private fuel service is available during the summer season.
Buckle up say police as seatbelt campaign begins
The Chilmark Police Department will join over 230 other Massachusetts police departments and the State Police in support of a summer enforcement campaign "Click It or Ticket" to increase seat belt use.
"This statewide effort runs July 23 through July 30 and combines extra high visibility traffic enforcement, public information, and community outreach to reduce motor-vehicle-related fatalities, injuries, and economic loss," according to a press release.
Chilmark Police will team up with the Menemsha Texaco Station to offer a special reward for child passengers who are properly seat belted and using age-appropriate child restraining devices. The child will receive a coupon that can be redeemed at the Menemsha Texaco Station for an ice cream during the week-long safety campaign.
Since its first "Click It or Ticket" mobilization in 2002, Massachusetts has seen its seat belt use increase 16 percent to 67 percent in 2008. However, Massachusetts still lags behind the 2008 national rate of 83 percent, and has the lowest belt use in the country police said.
Taxi wars nettle West Tisbury selectmen
West Tisbury selectman met last week and heard a litany of complaints made by Blue Fish Taxi owner Gary Davidson. The cab owner said that selectmen have made "findings over the past year filled with inconsistencies, contradictions, and departures from longstanding precedents."
Mr. Davidson said in a statement that he had "concerns on what may give the appearance to many as arbitrary and capricious rulings." He also accused competitor MVY Taxi of overcharging customers and not abiding by town regulations.
Mr. Davidson lobbied hard for a public hearing on his complaints. He argued that a complaint against his company several years ago resulted in a public hearing.
Mr. Davidson and selectmen engaged in sharp debate over the merits of the charges and whether the town should license taxis at all, before selectmen voted 2-1 vote to schedule a hearing on Mr. Davidson's charges. Dianne Powers and Richard Knabel supported the hearing. Jeffrey S. (Skipper) Manter voted against it.