Edgartown selectmen ask Atlantic to tone down noise

It is the calm before the summer storm of visitors for lower Main Street and the Atlantic restaurant, at left. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Edgartown selectmen Monday asked the owners of the Atlantic Fish and Chop House located at the foot of Main Street to mitigate summer time noise. Selectmen made the request in response to complaints from a Dock Street resident and guests at the nearby Harborside Inn last summer.

Selectmen reviewed noise complaints investigated by police, and a complaint letter from Robert Colacray, owner of Mad Max Marina, as they considered license renewals for downtown establishments.

“The music has been unbearably loud (last) summer with live bands,” Mr. Colacray wrote in a letter to selectmen.

Attorney Sean Murphy represented the Atlantic.”We agreed that when the noise is audible beyond the building we’ll close the doors,” Mr. Murphy said in a phone interview.

In other action, the town granted a liquor license to Lucky Hank’s, a new restaurant on upper Main Street.

Town counsel Ron Rappaport also told the board that the town cannot legally create a betterment to help Chappaquiddick residents finance the initial capital cost of cable television equipment. A betterment, similar to financing mechanisms used for municipal sewer or water projects, would allow residents to pay the initial costs over a period of years. But the town does not have authority to create a betterment for a private company.