Edgartown selectmen warn local merchants on alcohol sales


Edgartown selectmen voted Tuesday to write two local businesses explaining the need to adhere to state and town laws regulating alcohol sales, following reports of holiday weekend violations.

Selectmen said they had received reports that the Eisenhauer Gallery on North Water Street served alcohol at a gallery event without the required one-day alcohol license.

Police chief Tony Bettencourt told selectmen police visited Edgartown Meat and Fish, a new store on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, after receiving complaints that the store sold alcohol on Memorial Day. He said the new owners were unfamiliar with a state law that prohibits alcohol sales on the holiday. Police provided the owners with state regulations.

“There shouldn’t be any more excuses at this point,” Chief Bettencourt said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Chief Bettencourt and highway superintendent Stuart Fuller reported a survey of town street signs and recommended selectmen make changes to sign locations and add signs advising visitors of parking regulations on North Water Street, North Summer Street, Winter Street, Morse Street, and School Street.

They also recommended new No Parking signs on Morse Street near Pease Point Way, near Fuller Street Beach, on Thayer Street, and on South Water street after Dunham Road.

“The reason we are doing this is for enforcement,” selectman Margaret Serpa said.

Selectman Michael Donaroma asked if there were any signs that should be eliminated. “I get just as many comments about too many signs,” Mr. Donaroma said. “If you have too many signs, people just blank out.”

Selectmen asked Mr. Bettencourt and Mr. Fuller to assess that issue and make additional recommendations.