Edgartown selectmen hear about noise complaints


Edgartown selectmen dealt with noise complaints about Seafood Shanty, a popular and busy waterfront restaurant, at their Monday meeting. Conditions of the restaurant’s entertainment license , as well as all other entertainment establishments in Edgartown, require all doors and windows be closed during entertainment.

Robert Colacray, who owns the Mad Max marina nearby, said he fields many complaints from his customers about the noise, and selectmen have received other complaints. Mr. Colacray said his complaints to police did not solve the problem.

“I kind of just put up with it,” Mr. Colacray told selectmen. “It got progressively louder each summer.”

Sean Murphy, an attorney representing the restaurant, said there have been few formal complaints to selectmen, and the owners did not want to close off the outdoor deck for quieter kinds of entertainment. Selectmen agreed unanimously to a trial period in which the Seafood Shanty can keep its wide doors to the deck open. Police will respond to any noise complaints, and selectmen will review the situation in August.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the selectmen voted to notify several groups who expressed interest in developing new uses for the town’s old elementary school that the school is now being considered as a possible site for the library expansion project. A project to substantially expand the current library site on North Water Street has stalled, because of fund-raising difficulty.

“We’re looking at both locations, and evaluating them,” Ann Tyra, a member of the library building design committee, said. “We’re trying to keep an open mind. We’re not ruling out anything.”

Last year, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional School District superintendent, and a local theater and arts group, submitted proposals to use the building, but neither of those projects is moving forward.