A legal effort by two Chappaquiddick landowners to block oversand vehicle (OSV) access to the tip of Cape Pogue for the 2022 season has been denied by a Massachusetts Land Court justice.


Aquinnah landowners who have been battling for nearly 18 years to develop some 30 acres of land off Moshup Trail won a favorable decision this week from the state Court of Appeals, but the convoluted legal saga continues.


The decision ends a bitter dispute over ownership of a three-acre parcel of land in Chilmark. Nisa Counter and Benjamin Ramsey bought the lot on Blue Barque Road in 2010 from a family member. Sheriff’s Meadow said the land was part of a 10-acre parcel gifted by the late C. Russell Walton.


Two Vineyard residents locked in a bitter dispute with the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation over title to a piece of land in Chilmark can use a tent and keep trailers on the property for now, but cannot do any further clearing or construction, a Massachusetts Land Court judge ruled on Friday.

A property owner at Sweetened Water Farm in Edgartown has appealed a recent planning board decision not to allow him to subdivide his property under the Form A (approval not required) process.

Dwight W. Arundale claims the planning board decision contravenes the law. The appeal was filed in Massachusetts Land Court.


Moshup Trail

The Massachusetts Land Court has upheld the town of Aquinnah in a pivotal case that will ultimately decide whether a large swath of rare, salt-blasted coastal heathland along Moshup Trail remains forever wild or is opened up for development.