Select Board not changing town-pier slip lottery


(Oct. 8, 2021) Three months after a proposal to do away with the longstanding lottery system for slips on the town pier was met with pushback, the Select Board has decided to keep things the way they are.

In a 5-0 vote Wednesday, it chose to keep the lottery system in place, with half of the slips at the town pier issued for two-year leases, and the other half for one-year leases. Boaters now will only be allowed one entry into the lottery per boat. There had been no restriction before.

The idea behind the initial proposal had been to fix the unintended consequence of unused moorings, when boaters hopeful for a slip kept their mooring as a back-up, but didn’t use it if they got a slip.

But the board wasn’t so sure about it.

“People just wanted to keep the lottery the way it was,” harbormaster Sheila Lucey said.

The board also approved a recommendation to create a permit system for dinghies stored on town beaches, required of any boater with an active mooring permit. They also voted to ban a practice of short-term mooring rentals, by requiring liveaboard vessels to have a boat owner or a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain present.

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