Edgartown police and town officials are looking into whether sea planes are permitted on the Great Pond after neighborhood complaints of a Cessna Skyhawk landing there.
At the selectmen’s meeting Monday, town administrator Pamela Dolby said that over the last few weekends there have been reports of a sea plane landing in the Edgartown Great Pond, at Wilson’s Landing.
“It’s a great concern to people who live in the neighborhood,” Mrs. Dolby said.
Conservation agent Jane Varkonda and police chief Antone Bettencourt have been looking into the issue, Mrs. Dolby said, adding that town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport, who is away, might have information about the whether sea planes are prohibited on the pond.
According to an Edgartown police report, an officer responded to Wilson’s Landing Monday morning after receiving three reports of a sea plane landing on the pond. The pilot, Thomas Miozzi, told police he flew to the Island in his 1966 Cessna Skyhawk Straight Floats from South Kingstown, R.I., with two passengers, and they were headed next to Sengekontacket Pond.
The pilot told police that he did not believe he was doing anything wrong, and there was no Massachusetts law prohibiting him from landing his plane on the Great Pond, the report said.
Ms. Varkonda said she talked to Bob Stone, the chairman of the Katama airfield commission, and others who said that “unless the town has a specific regulation and it’s written that you cannot land a sea plane in the Great Pond, then [the pilot] has all the rights to land his plane there.”
But Ms. Varkonda said some parks and recreation department regulations for Wilson’s Landing could apply to sea planes: once the plane is in the water, she said, it could be considered a watercraft. Personal watercraft is prohibited from the Great Pond, as is the operation of engines greater than 10 horsepower.
Commercial activities including delivery, pickup or any tours and ferry service are also prohibited, Ms. Varkonda said, which could apply to a commercial plane. The pilot had two passengers, Ms. Varkonda said, so there’s some question about whether he’s operating a commercial enterprise.
Ms. Dolby said the selectmen would wait for further information from town counsel.