Cong. Bill Keating will make a daylong trip to the Vineyard Thursday to tour storm-ravaged coastal areas in Oak Bluffs and Aquinnah.
Mr. Keating will begin the day by hosting one of his constituent coffee sessions, where people are encouraged to meet him and ask questions. Coffee with Bill will be at the Waterside Market on Main street Vineyard Haven from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Members of the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force are expected to attend.
From noon to 1:30 p.m. Mr. Keating will visit areas of Oak Bluffs that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy last fall and a series of winter storms this year. Repairs are needed to the North Bluff sea wall, Steamship Authority dock and East Chop Drive. The tour begins at the Lagoon Pond drawbridge at noon.
Mr. Keating’s day will conclude with a visit to the Gay Head Light, where plans are under way to move the historic tower due to severe erosion. The congressman appealed directly to the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in December to expedite the transfer of ownership of the light to the town, a necessary first step before relocation. Mr. Keating is scheduled to visit the lighthouse from 2:15 to 3 p.m.