After Outcry, Trustees Revisit Beach Access on Chappy
The Trustees of Reservations, which owns or manages some 12 miles of public beach from Norton Point to the Cape Pogue elbow, is under pressure on all sides this summer over a new draft management plan
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Trustees Unveil Draft Management Plan for Chappaquiddick
Altered routes for over-sand vehicles and restrictive new dog policies are among changes in the offing for Chappaquiddick beaches owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations.
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Tour Explores Glories of Wasque and Cape Pogue
Maeve Reston

The Wasque Reservation sandplain curves downward to the dunes disappearing into the indigo waves of Katama Bay off Chappaquiddick. The white-crested breakers recede into fog above the ocean. A large pick-up truck, which has been converted to a safari vehicle, rumbles along sandy roads and onto the beach, past Wasque Point toward Drunkard’s Cove. Its riders are jostled about in the back. They bump shoulders and exchange good-natured smiles, their fingers wrapped tightly around their binoculars. Five-year-old Anna Brody thinks the ride in the safari truck is the best part of the trip.

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Brown Shark Tagging on the Vineyard Aids National Research Efforts
Will Sennott
A small group of Vineyard fishermen are participating in a brown shark tagging operation as part of a longstanding national study.
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Chappaquiddick Is Laboratory for Study of Erosion
Alex Elvin

Wasque Point, the popular fishing spot at the eastern tip of the Island has been the subject of ongoing study in recent years, as wind, waves and tides create one of the most dynamic coastal systems in the state.

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Bluefish Are Running, and Scene at Wasque Is Return to the Old Days
Alex Elvin

Last weekend, dozens of surfcasters at Wasque Point could hardly believe their luck. The water churned with bluefish as fishermen reeled in catch after catch. “Some of the best fishing days I’ve ever had,” said Wayne Smith, an avid surfcaster.

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Land Meets Land; Norton Point Breach Closes
Sara Brown

As of early in the morning on April 2, Chappaquiddick was no longer an island completely separated from Martha’s Vineyard. Nearly eight years after a northeaster cut a breach in the three-mile barrier beach that connects Edgartown with the smaller island, the Norton Point breach had closed.

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MVC Hears Unorthodox Plan to Reverse Erosion at Wasque
Alex Elvin
Can severe erosion be slowed at the easternmost tip of Chappaquiddick? Mal Jones of West Tisbury has a concept he believes will work, by sinking a 190-foot barge in the water offshore.
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Relocation of Main Schifter House is Complete
Sara Brown

After several days of inching forward along a deep, wide sandy trench, a Chappaquiddick home arrived late Tuesday at its new location farther away from a rapidly eroding bluff.

It’s been less than a year since emergency actions began to save the Wasque home of Richard and Jennifer Schifter. The key part of the project came this week with the move of the 8,300-square-foot main house.

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History and Science Tell of Cycles of Rapid Erosion at Wasque Point
Tom Dunlop
On a misty, windy morning in April 2007 Chris Kennedy, Martha’s Vineyard superintendent for The Trustees of Reservations, had just returned from the part of South Beach in Edgartown known as Norton Point. The night before Katama Bay had filled to overflowing by the flood of an astronomical high tide, topped off by the overwash and storm surge of a Patriots’ Day gale.
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