Conservation Commission Considers Controversial Renovation

A proposed home renovation on South Water street went before the Edgartown conservation commission Wednesday, prompting concerns about construction in the property’s wetlands and a proposed “exercise spa.”

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Conservation Restriction Placed on 164 Acres in Edgartown

The Edgartown selectmen voted this week to accept a conservation restriction that will be placed on 164 acres of land held by the Kohlberg family.

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Offshore Wind Developer Sues Edgartown Conservation Commission

Park City Wind filed a lawsuit after the town board denied the company’s application to install two offshore wind cables in town waters, potentially threatening the entire project.

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AT&T Files Plan to Replace Silos at Katama Farm

AT&T has submitted a plan to the Edgartown conservation commission to tear down two large silos at Katama Farm and replace them with a single silo that would house a cell tower.

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Conservation Commission Violated Open Meeting Law, State Rules

The state attorney general’s office has ruled that the Edgartown conservation commission violated the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.

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Conservation Commission Denies Cable for Vineyard Wind

Developers who plan to build the nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard saw their first major setback this week.

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Chappy Boardwalk Case Returns to Conservation Commission
Jane Seagrave

A property owner’s long-running bid to build a boardwalk over a salt marsh must be reviewed again, the Massachusetts Appeals Court said.

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Conservation Commission Prevails in Chappy Boardwalk Dispute

The Edgartown conservation commission recently prevailed in a long-running legal dispute with a Chappaquiddick property owner over whether he could build a boardwalk over a salt marsh.

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Conservation Agent Vexed by Violations
Sam Bungey

Exposing the limits of environmental policing, wetlands violations that took place across six and a half acres of privately-owned, ecologically sensitive Cow Bay land were stumbled upon after the fact by Edgartown conservation agent Jane Varkonda while she was in the area on other business.

The violations took place on property leading to Cow Bay beach owned by C. Dean Metropoulos of Connecticut.

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Board Stops Jail’s Work Release Service Program at Katama Farm
Remy Tumin

Citing concerns about allowing prisoners out on work release in a summer camp setting, the Edgartown conservation commission decided this week to end a work release program between the Dukes County jail and the Farm Institute in Katama.

“Because it’s open to the public and there’s a summer camp there, it’s probably not a good idea for the Farm Institute to have a work release program,” conservation agent Jane Varkonda said at a meeting of the commission on Wednesday.

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