Edgartown Seeks South Beach Funding at Town Meeting

Efforts to ease the Island’s housing crunch, funding for repairs to South Beach and potential borrowing to shore up aging septic pipes will all be put before Edgartown voters at town meeting next week.

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End of an Era

Long used as a lifeguard building,  the Donnelly house was the last in a long history of South Beach fishing shacks.

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Winter Storm Damage Ends Era of South Beach Fishing Shacks

The Donnelly house on South Beach, the last of several old fishing shacks, was demolished Thursday, another victim of the ceaseless march of the sea.

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Moving Sand

Donnie Benefit and Greg Bettencourt lead dredging efforts in Edgartown Great Pond.

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Storm-Ravaged Atlantic Drive to Reopen Next Month

The road along South Beach initially closed in December, when a sinkhole opened up during the first of a trio of storms. A culvert in the area failed during a second storm, causing even further damage. 

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Holding Back the Tide

Workers have already begun forming new dunes on South Beach’s Left Fork, using dredged sand from Katama Bay and Herring Creek. Both water bodies had filled with sand after December and January’s storms.

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South Beach Restoration Work Gets Underway

Edgartown officials recently met with the state and federal government to survey the damage at South Beach and Norton Point. Though emergency aid is in limbo, work has already begun.

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Island Towns Step Up Planning to Restore Beaches

The state Department of Environmental Protection Monday granted Edgartown emergency authorization to dredge Katama Bay, clearing the way for a project intended to help restore the storm-battered South Beach.

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After Storms’ Blast, Edgartown Declares a State of Emergency

Declaring a state of emergency expedites the permitting process to dredge and restore sand in the area and opens the town to additional sources of funding and reimbursement from the Massachusetts emergency management agency (MEMA).

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Second Storm Whacks Vineyard

A strong storm with winds of 50 miles per hour hit the Vineyard Tuesday night, causing erosion, destructive washovers and scattered power outages throughout the Island. 

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