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.
Cape Pogue


The Trustees of Reservations unveiled a new plan to manage its Chappaquiddick beaches Thursday, more than a year after it pulled a previous plan in response to backlash from residents and visitors.

Mike Carotta first cast a line into the Martha’s Vineyard’s surf after his freshman year of college. Fifty years later, he continues to return to the Island for a few weeks every spring. This year he arrived as both a fisherman and an author.

An engineering firm hired by Edgartown found the wooden bulkhead on the eastern side of the bridge is showing significant signs of decay.

After releasing an initial draft of the plan last June, the Trustees spent the year gathering public feedback on topics such as oversand vehicle access, shorebird protections and pet regulations.

The Edgartown conservation commission conditionally approved The Trustees of Reservations application to sell OSV permits on Trustees property from Wasque to the Jetties.

A recent lawsuit filed by Chappaquiddick seasonal residents John Bretl and Jennifer Kumpitch Bretl seeks to call the Edgartown zoning board’s bluff.