The Edgartown selectmen Monday approved changes to aquaculture regulations that will allow town shellfish constable Paul Bagnall to write citations for violations.
A first-time violation of town aquaculture bylaws would be accompanied by a $100 penalty, and a second violation, which would come after a week, would have a $500 fine. Under the previous regulations, any violations would go before the selectmen, who would schedule a hearing and write a letter to the offender.“By the time it gets to the board there’s been some fines issued,” Mr. Bagnall said.
In other shellfish news, Mr. Bagnall said it’s been a good summer for growth in baby bivalves. “Our most productive summer ever in terms of seed shellfish,” Mr. Bagnall said. Sengekontacket was closed for 10 to 15 days in July because of rainfall, he said, but has not been closed so far in August.
Town administrator Pamela Dolby said the Warren House was shown to an interested party on Monday. So far, she said, 24 request for proposal packets have gone out out to potential bidders. They are due to the town administrator’s office by Sept. 12.
“There have been a couple sales in the area, which I believe will help us,” Mrs. Dolby said, adding that she’s thinking positively. “We might actually sell the Warren house,” she said.