Coming back to Edgartown this year: a leprechaun-sized Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
Selectmen approved the Kelley House Inn and Newes from America Pub’s request to host the second annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade on March 17. The parade will follow a two-block route from the bottom of Main street to the top of Kelley street. Kelley street will be closed to traffic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In other business, highway superintendent Stuart Fuller told selectmen that the Cape Light Compact has installed two strings of five consecutive LED street lights in Edgartown: one string is between the Square Rigger restaurant and the animal shelter, he said, and the other is on Pease’s Point Way between the police station and Main street. The new street lights replace incandescent lights.
Cape Light is encouraging people to comment on the lights, he said, and if they are viewed favorably, Cape Light has proposed replacing all Edgartown street lights. With a 20-year lifespan, the lights could save the town 70 per cent of its annual electricity costs, which are between $35,000 and $40,000.
The selectmen also approved Espresso Love’s request to occupy one non-handicapped parking spot in the courthouse parking lot between March 11 and March 13. The restaurant, which has been closed for renovations, will have the roof replaced.
Selectmen also approved Soigne’s request to close starting March 4 for a short vacation, maintenance, and cleaning. The specialty food and catering shop will reopen April 5.
“Crocuses and daffodils are starting to come up,” selectman Michael Donaroma announced to end the meeting. “Get the mulch off the beds.”