Peter Wells
There has always been a conflict between preserving the values of the past and implementing our perceptions of the future.
Chappy Town Column
Chappy Ferry


A crowd of Chappaquiddick residents filled every seat of the Ted B. Morgan meeting room Monday to protest rate hikes.


Nobody can cut the Chappy Ferry cut line — but Edgartown selectmen can suspend it, as they unanimously voted to do at a public hearing Monday.

Edgartown selectmen set a date for a hearing on a rate increase on the Chappaquiddick ferry at their meeting Monday. The hearing will be May 6.


From a rowboat to the barges that have had more than one iteration through the years, the Chappaquiddick ferry is an Island institution all its own.


Edgartown selectmen responded to a threatened legal claim for damages from residents of Simpson’s Lane, who charge the town has created a nuisance and has taken their property rights by allowing the street to be used for the Chappaquiddick ferry waiting line.


More traffic officers, more signs, more street painting and additional monitoring cameras are all short-term fixes suggested by the Edgartown planning board for traffic issues created by the long line of vehicles waiting to board the ferry.