The storm-ravaged Squibnocket Beach parking lot will be repaved this spring while a newly-formed beach committee considers long-term solutions to address increasing erosion at the town beach and abutting development of Squibnocket Farm, the Chilmark selectmen said this week.
Oyster season in Chilmark is set to begin on Monday after the board of selectmen approved the opening of the short season.
At the selectmen’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a recommendation from the shellfish committee that permits two heaping bushels a day, Monday through Wednesday. The season ends April 30. Shellfish constable Isaiah Scheffer said half a dozen oystermen had expressed interested in permits — “a controlled amount,” Mr. Scheffer added.
On Sunday, March 30 from 1 to 3 p.m., The Trustees of Reservations will sponsor a Squibnocket Point walk.
The walk will feature two miles of scenic shoreline and more than 140 acres of dunes and maritime habitat which have been protected by a conservation restriction. No dogs will be allowed. The walk is free to members of The Trustees of Reservations, and $15 for non-members.
Call for directions. Reservations are required, as space is limited. To register, please call 508-693-7662.
Down on the far southwest side of the Vineyard, Chilmark and Gay Head come together on the map in the form of what looks like a shadow puppet; a calf’s head comes to mind. Look closely, the image is possible. The ear, if you will, curves back around along Lobsterville beach towards Menemsha. At the base of this calf’s neck lies Squibnocket Point.