Gift from Tribe to Oak Bluffs: Stormwater Collector for Harbor
Olivia Hull
The town selectmen presented a certificate of appreciation to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Tuesday for the rare gift of environmental protection.
Read More

Minor Oil Spill From Fishing Vessel Closes Oak Bluffs Harbor to Shellfishing
Olivia Hull

The Oak Bluffs harbor is closed to shellfishing until further notice following a minor oil spill Wednesday morning.

A 50-foot tuna-fishing boat has taken on water, causing leach of oil into the harbor, town officials said.

After receiving a call around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday morning reporting a fuel smell and a sheen on the water, shellfish constable David Grunden notified the fire department, which dispatched their oil recovery team to the boat tied up at Church’s Pier, by Nancy’s Restaurant.

Read More

Oak Bluffs Looks to Get into Business of Harbor Boat Fuel
Sara Brown

Plans for a town-run fuel facility at the Oak Bluffs harbor met with some resistance at a Martha’s Vineyard Commission hearing last week, with some abutters to the potential facility questioning why the town needed to be involved, and voicing concerns that the fuel dock will lower property values and cause safety concerns.

Oak Bluffs has plans for a fuel facility at the harbor master’s shack in the Oak Bluffs harbor, with the 10,000 gallon gas tank stored under the parking lot. Boats would be able to fuel up at a floating dock between May and October.

Read More

Thoughts on the Gene Pool In Oak Bluffs Harbor
Sam Low

Learjets on final approach ride wakes of noise, the whoosh of traffic throbs off the seawall and the wail of the lumpen mob soars over Circuit avenue.

It’s summer.

It’s time for the earnest toilers of commerce to harvest the golden hordes. In fact, it’s July 21 and the Monster Shark Tournament is in Oak Bluffs and with it the yahoos in their plastic boats, rafted up three, four to a mooring — hundreds of them bobbing in the crowded harbor.

Read More

Deer Dumping Pollutes Oak Bluffs Harbor
Chris Burrell
At least six deer carcasses were illegally dumped in the Oak Bluffs harbor last week, sending bacteria levels sky-high and prompting closure of the harbor to shellfishing two days later. Police have no suspects but said they are confident they will find those responsible for what one environmental official has called a hazardous waste site.
Read More

Oak Bluffs Harbor Concludes Strong Season
Mark Alan Lovewell
Oak Bluffs harbor had a record money-making summer. Josh Williams, the harbor marina manager, estimated income from slips and moorings were up 14 per cent over the previous year. Total income was $720,000, up some $86,000 from the summer of 2000.

Oak Bluffs harbor was the place to be. Slips and moorings were mostly full throughout the season and for the first time the town offered regular, dependable launch service that made money.

Read More

Cruise Liners Bolster Harbor
Chris Burrell
The Oak Bluffs harbor is a money machine for the town, but the question facing leaders after yet another record-breaking year of revenue is whether they can squeeze more cash from the operation.
Read More

Oak Bluffs Harbor Accident Claims Life of Visiting Recreational Fisherman
Chris Burrell
A 38-year-old man from Watertown drowned early Saturday morning after he fell off the bulkhead at Oak Bluffs harbor and into the water, according to police.
Read More

Volunteers Playing an Important Role as Search for Missing Boater Goes On
Mark Alan Lovewell and C.K. Wolfson
The search continues this morning in Oak Bluffs harbor for the whereabouts of Michael F. Landfear, 54, of Falmouth.

Mr. Landfear was last seen Tuesday night heading out on a small rowing pram to a boat moored in the harbor. U.S. Coast Guard, state and local police, together with public safety volunteers from three Island towns searched all day yesterday without result.

Read More

Beach Restoration to Cost $2.7 Million
Jim Hickey

Oak Bluffs voters may soon be asked to spend $100,000 to pay for engineering work associated with an ambitious waterfront improvement project along Seaview avenue from Oak Bluffs harbor to Farm Pond.

The total cost of the project is pegged at $2.7 million.

The news come on the heels of the release of a 35-page report entitled Sea View Revitalization Concept Master Plan, drafted by a special task force created last year to develop a plan to revitalize the town beach.

Read More