Edgartown selectmen may add Hyannis charter boat to harbor mix


Marine matters topped the agenda at the Edgartown board of selectmen’s regular Monday meeting.

The Helen H deep sea charter fishing company based in Hyannis has approached Edgartown harbormaster Charlie Blair about operating out of Edgartown Harbor. The company operates a fleet of four boats, including a 100-passenger and a 75-passenger charter fishing or “head” boat. The company would pick up and drop off passengers at Memorial Wharf.

“He takes individuals or families by the head,” harbormaster Charlie Blair told selectmen. “I look at it as a revenue source. It wouldn’t be anything hard for us.”

The town would charge the company a fee to use the wharf which now accomodates a Falmouth passenger ferry, commercial fishing boats, and anglers.

“I think it’s a great idea,” selectman Art Smadbeck said. “It’s one more fun thing to do in Edgartown.”

Selectmen directed Mr. Blair to negotiate an agreement for the board to review.

Also Monday, selectmen appointed Bruce McIntosh and Gary Look to the marine advisory committee, to serve until April 30, 2012.

In other business, selectmen fielded complaints about a berm installed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation highway division on Curtis Lane. The asphalt berm is designed to divert storm water runoff from the street.

“I can already tell going bump, bump onto Curtis Lane, my car is out of line. It’s dangerous,” Sylvia Thomas said. Ms. Thomas lives on the street.

Highway superintendent Stuart Fuller said he talked with state highway officials, and they agreed to allow the town to modify the berm. “We’ll try to reshape it, and remove the abruptness, as you enter from Main Street,” Mr. Fuller said. “We’re not going to change its elevation.”