Next Phase Begins for Schifter Property: Restoring the Land
Remy Tumin

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.

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As Breach Retreats, Erosion Picks Up Speed
Tom Dunlop

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.

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Century-Old Chappy Development Plan Swims With the Fishes
Tom Dunlop

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.

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Film Follows Chappy Erosion Story and Raises Awareness
Ivy Ashe

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.

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Edgartown Approves Town Hall Repairs, Police Contract
Sara Brown

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Land Bank's Chappaquiddick 'Prize' Will Bring Island Trail to Pond's Edge

Land Bank's Chappaquiddick ‘Prize' Will Bring
Island Trail to Pond's Edge


The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank announced this week that it
will buy the Wasey property on Chappaquiddick, a grassy, windblown
four-acre crest that embraces the unspoiled inner shore of Cape Pogue

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Chappy Lanowners File Formal Appeal to State Tax Board
Ian Fein

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

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