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

By JULIA WELLS

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

By IAN FEIN

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

By IAN FEIN

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.

On Time for Summer, Chappy Ferry Book Carries Stellar Load

In researching The Chappy Ferry Book, author Tom Dunlop asked his fellow Islanders what they thought was the most spectacular thing to hit the boat in its 200 years of operation

“I’ve gotten some good answers: a whale, a meteorite,” Mr. Dunlop said in an interview this week. “To a man and to a woman they stop and stare at me when I say, ‘No, an airplane hit it.’”

News Update: Saturday, March 17 - Sheriff's Meadow Acquires Land on Chappaquiddick

The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation has purchased a new property on Chappaquiddick, the conservation foundation announced this week.

The 2.3-acre parcel sits on Manaca Hill, near Chappy Point. Viewed from the Edgartown side of the Chappaquiddick ferry, it is located on the right side of the small island, across the street from the Chappy Beach Club, and abuts the town-owned Gardner property.

Sheriff’s Meadow Executive Director Adam Moore said this week that the foundation purchased the property on Dec. 19 from Virginia Mattern for $100,000.

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