Shellfish suspension and cruise ship news top slim Edgartown agenda

American Cruise Lines plans to anchor in Edgartown this summer. — Photo courtesy of American Cruse Lines

Edgartown selectmen zipped through their scheduled meeting in under 10 minutes Tuesday night, Dec. 27. Selectman Arthur Smadbeck and chairman Margaret Serpa were the only members in attendance. The board took the following actions:

  • The board delayed the temporary commercial shellfishing suspension of Michael Hathaway. On the written recommendation of the shellfish committee, the selectmen moved Mr. Hathaway’s suspension period from the current season to the first week of next year’s season, because he will be off-Island for the remainder of the current season. The shellfish committee felt the suspension would not have its intended effect if it was not rescheduled.
  • Liquor license changes for Chappaquiddick Beach Club were approved. Sydney Mullen represented the club at a brief hearing. The selectmen then allowed alterations to the club’s license that called for no change of use. The changes were designed to correct erroneous premises descriptions and update the names of managerial personnel and directors.
  • A tentative anchorage schedule for American Cruise Lines was presented. On the recommendation of Harbormaster Charlie Blair, the selectmen approved anchorage in the outer harbor of a vessel with a 170-person capacity. The vessel intends to bring its passengers to town via launches twice in May, twice in June, thrice in July, twice in August, and three times in September.
  • Approved: a common victualler’s license for Edgartown Diner.
  • Approved class two used-car dealers’ licenses for Russell T. Schwartz and Bertel Auto Brokers.

After the selectmen adjourned, selectman Arthur Smadbeck told The Times that short as it was, the preceding meeting was not the shortest one in memory. He recalled a selectmen’s meeting chaired by Michael Donaroma that lasted about four minutes.