Oak Bluffs selectmen this week aired complaints about noise and trash from the annual monster shark tournament, a three-day event held last weekend that attracted more than 100 fishing boats to the town harbor and throngs of onlookers.
The organizer of the tournament is Steven James of the Boston Big Game Fishing Club.
There was increased trash and noise this year, said selectman Gail Barmakian, who gave a description of an early-morning walk around the harbor at the board’s meeting on Tuesday night. “Of all the years, this was the worst for trash,” said Ms. Barmakian. She said she found shark parts along her walk. “You can’t throw dead fish on the dock,” she said. She also said she heard reports of free beer being handed out along the harborfront. “That appalled me,” she said.
Selectman Ron DiOrio said the organizers of the event should be billed for the cost of additional garbage collection.
Richard Combra Jr., town highway superintendent, said the club covers the cost of having a large dumpster at the harbor. “They do pay for that,” Mr. Combra said. He reported that by 7 a.m. each day, the harbor was cleaned up.
But Mr. DiOrio said providing payment for a dumpster is not enough. “We have to go to town meeting every year with tight budgets,” he said.
Mr. Combra said his department is still struggling to figure out a solution to a persistent problem of illegal dumping of household waste in town dumpsters. Townspeople continue to use the harbor dumpsters as a place to throw their trash, instead of at the local trash drop-off, he said.
But Ms. Barmakian said she was referring to trash on the ground and not in the barrels. “It is not about barrels,” she said. She suggested that the town consider raising fees for slips in the harbor.
Barbara Hoyle added her critique from the weekend. “[When the shark tournament comes to town] the word is out. It is party time in Oak Bluffs,” she said.
Craig Lowe from the Camp Ground said the noise went on well into the wee hours of the morning. “It was the loudest ever . . . It is getting out of hand,” Mr. Lowe said.
Selectman and board chairman Duncan Ross said it was time to invite Mr. James to a selectmen’s meeting to discuss the complaints before next year’s tournament. “We haven’t seen him in a long time,” he said.
In other business Tuesday, town administrator Michael Dutton told selectmen that the town will distribute fresh sand on the Pay and Inkwell beaches, where there have been complaints this summer of starved beaches due to severe erosion. He said the sand will come from the Farm Pond dredging work done months ago.
Ms. Barmakian asked if the sand is of good quality.
“It is pretty good sand,” Mr. Dutton said.
Selectmen also made a long list of appointments to town boards, ranging from the council on aging to library trustees. They delayed making appointments to the shellfish department, pending further talks on a possible department merger with the town of Tisbury.
In the same vein, the board voted four-month appointments for the town administrator, finance director, principal assessor and others.
Asked why, Mr. Ross replied that a report was coming out in the fall that may affect decisions on town departments.
Mr. DiOrio said the report is expected sometime in October or November. “No decisions have been made,” he said.