Next Phase Begins for Schifter Property: Restoring the Land

The Edgartown conservation commission grapples with an extensive landscape plan to restore the oceanfront Schifter property on Chappaquiddick where an 8,000-square-foot house was recently moved.

As Breach Retreats, Erosion Picks Up Speed

Dramatic changes are taking place again at Wasque where the Norton Point breach continues to have a mind of its own. The breach has retreated 800 feet since September, leaving one summer house at the brink.

Century-Old Chappy Development Plan Swims With the Fishes

Promoted by the State Street Trust Co. of Boston in 1913, the 775-lot Chappaquiddick-By-The-Sea was never built. But if it had been, many of the cottages might not be there today.

Film Follows Chappy Erosion Story and Raises Awareness

A full house gathered last Tuesday night at the Vineyard Haven Public Library for a presentation of one of the most pressing issues facing the Island: coastal erosion. The program featured a screening of Kathie Rose’s short documentary The Breach, about erosion on Chappaquiddick, and a talk by Bob Woodruff detailing changes to the South Shore as a whole.

Edgartown Approves Town Hall Repairs, Police Contract

The town hall will get a facelift and Chappaquiddick a new fire truck as the Edgartown board of selectmen Monday approved bids for both projects during a brief meeting.

The town awarded a $540,000 bid to renovate the exterior of town hall to the Paul J. Rogan Company Inc. of Braintree. It was the sole bid the town received. The project, which will use Community Preservation Act funds, was approved by town meeting.

On Chappaquiddick, Talk of Trustees' Plan

Unspoiled beaches. A quiet, rural island community. Canoes and kayaks for rent. Cool caps and T-shirts for sale. Hundreds of cars. Long ferry lines. Fresh talk about how to manage it all.

This is the latest sketch from Chappaquiddick, where discussion has begun to heat up around a new long-range plan for two key properties owned by The Trustees of Reservations: Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge and Wasque Reservation.

Trustees Outline Chappaquiddick Plans

Limits on nighttime access to the beach, except for fishing.

Expanded natural history programs and a possible new education center at a still unnamed location.

A boardwalk from the Dike Bridge to the Cedars.

Year-round bathroom facilities at Mytoi.

An extended pledge for better planning, rigorous land management and good neighbor relations.

These are the benchmarks of a new management plan for two key properties owned by The Trustees of Reservations on Chappaquiddick.

Chappy Land Gets Management Plan

Chappy Land Gets Management Plan


It's not so much about the land anymore, it's about the people - especially the neighbors.

This is the central theme that runs through a new management plan released this week for two key properties owned by The Trustees of Reservations on Chappaquiddick.

Little changed from a draft that was released last spring, the new plan sketches the outlines for a future Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge and Wasque Reservation that could include:

Assessors in Edgartown Flooded with Requests for Property Tax Relief

Assessors in Edgartown Flooded with Requests for Property Tax Relief


A property tax revolt is quietly brewing on Chappaquiddick, where a large group of landowners have banded together and hired an attorney to challenge their latest property assessments.

Prior to the deadline last Friday, the attorney delivered more than 100 abatement applications to the Edgartown assessors' office. Many other Chappaquiddick property owners, who did not join the group, also filed individual abatement requests.

Chappy Lanowners File Formal Appeal to State Tax Board

Chappy Landowners File Formal Appeal to State Tax Board


More than two dozen Chappaquiddick landowners took their property tax disputes to the state last week, filing formal appeals of their town property assessments at the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.

The 26 property owners are challenging the values of 46 individual parcels, currently assessed by the town of Edgartown at a total of $116 million.