Edgartown Yacht Club demolition begins

Crews were working on demolishing a portion of the Edgartown Yacht Club Thursday.

Demolition is underway at the Edgartown Yacht Club. The club is renovating and extending its existing wharf, and adding additions to one of its existing buildings. Atlantic Marine Construction began Wednesday from a crane barge and an excavator on the dock. Richard T. Olsen & Son and Bruno’s Rolloff are disposing of the debris.

The project will replace the existing again timber pier with a new steel and timber pier. The main dining room building, which is listed as a historic building on the Massachusetts Cultural Resources Information System. All other buildings on the dock are not listed as historic buildings and will be demolished and replaced, according to the project description submitted to the town.

The demolition comes in the middle of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby, but Derby vice chairman Joe El-Deiry and the Edgartown board of trade told town selectmen at an August 6 meeting they were not concerned the project would get in the way of fishermen.

Brian Denecour, co-owner of Atlantic Marine Construction, based in Westerly, R.I., said he expects the project to take five or six months. Denecour referred further questions to Bill Roman, yacht club manager.

Roman said the project will, “preserve the historical integrity of the complex as a whole. It’ll look exactly like what’s there now.”

Though its demolition permit has been filed, the yacht club’s construction permit has yet to be filed, according to an official at the Edgartown Building Department.



  1. Issuing a permit to build in a flood plain. How many feet above high mean tide will be required? Demolish ion before a permit is approved. Foolish. Permitting could be lengthy

    • Agreed that demolition should have never begun without permit in hand for new building. Years ago when the Colonial inn was a very busy nightspot with 3 bars, live bands etc, the owner willingly handed in his cabaret liquor license to the Edg board of selectmen with an expectation for approval of his proposed 1000 seat Casablanca night club at the airport.(to compete with the hot tin roof) The board (at that time) accepted his bar/cabaret license from the colonial, then refused to issue the proposed club license at the airport. He was then limited to a restaurant type license at the colonial inn, which limited the ability to ever become a nightclub again and it became retail space. So as the above poster stated… FOOLISH!

  2. This article is pretty much nonsense. What’s “Fiver 6 months”? Anyone can plainly see that there is only one barge. I think the word you are looking for in the caption, is “portion”, not “potion”.

  3. Make one wonder if the new owners of the H.H. Hinkley Property in VH have considered the difficulty of a change of use permitting in a flood zone before they tear down the building. A building tear down is not a remodel of a building.

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