Edgartown is slated to become a bustling cruise ship port this summer, with cruise ships scheduled to dock in town 22 times between May and September.
On Monday the selectmen distributed the American Cruise Lines’ Vineyard schedule, which shows that the company’s three vessels — Independence, American Star and American Glory — will be docking in Edgartown as part of seven and eight-day cruises starting May 21 and continuing through September 23. The cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in Edgartown at 8 p.m., and will stay anchored outside the harbor for about a day and a half, leaving in the early morning.
“I think the business community will like that,” town administrator Pamela Dolby said.
In January, harbor master Charlie Blair said the passengers will be transported to town on the cruise lines’ own launch. The largest of the company’s cruise ships holds 100 passengers, he said. According to the docking schedule, the smallest boat is 175 feet and the largest is 215 feet.
According to the company’s website, the “New England Islands Cruise” departs from Providence and makes stops in New Bedford, Nantucket, Fall River, Block Island and Newport in addition to the Vineyard.
In other business Monday, the selectmen held a liquor license hearing for Sophia’s One Stop Mart. The shop had its liquor license suspended last August for selling alcohol to minors, and surrendered its license in December. Attorney Mary Sullivan said there was a new owner, Sergio Goncalves, and new manager, Anderson C. Gomes, and they had a video camera and an age verification system, and Mr. Gomes would be on-site.
“This business has been less than truthful with the board of selectmen for at least the past year,” Mrs. Dolby said, noting that the selectmen were not notified the business was sold, despite license violations being held, and that the liquor license was not transferred. “So technically this business operated with no license without the knowledge of the selectmen’s office, with no liquor license at all from somewhere around June to when they surrendered the license to our office in December.”
Police chief Antone Bettencourt spoke against granting the license, saying the shop had been a “complete nuisance” for the department. “I don’t think this is something I would want back right away.”
“They’re well aware that this is not something that should be taken lightly,” Ms. Sullivan said, saying the sale went through later in the year.
At the selectmen’s recommendation, Ms. Sullivan withdrew the application on her client’s behalf, and said she would meet with the police chief to address concerns.
Monday’s meeting was held in the new training/emergency management room at the Edgartown Police Department, where town information technology director Adam Darack showed off the bells and whistles of a high-tech interactive smart board and, after the meeting, police officers demonstrated new training equipment.