Take back the beach club's moorings
To the Editor:
I have sent the following letter to the Oak Bluffs selectmen, regarding $30,000 in new harbor revenue.
Last year, the board permitted the harbormaster to issue 20 mooring permits to the East Chop Beach Club, charging $225 each, for a total of $4,500.
The club rented these moorings to its members, charging $900 each, for a total of $18,000, and "pocketing" a profit of $13,500. These permits expired on December 31, 2010.
Since the club violated Section 8 of Chapter XVIII of the town's bylaws and Section 4 of the town's harbor regulations, which prohibit holders of permits from renting or subletting, the harbormaster is not obligated to renew these permits for the 2011 season.
The board, therefore, should direct the harbormaster (a town employee) not to renew the permits and to inform the club that the 20 moorings will be managed by the town as seasonal rentals, for a fee of $1,500 each.
He should further advise the club that any of its members who wish to rent a seasonal mooring in the harbor should apply directly with the harbormaster. The town will thereby bypass the club as a middleman and directly receive new harbor revenue, in the amount of $30,000.
Joseph Sequeira Vera
Oak Bluffs and Cambridge