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Working Waterfront – Chatham voters back purchase of historic pier

Living in a community nearly surrounded by water, it was perhaps natural voters at town meeting on Monday night approved the $1.5 million purchase of a historic private pier and fish house. Although the decision was primarily intended to guarantee access for the on the Nantucket Sound-side of town, plans are underway to look at how the use of the town pier next door and a pier owned by the Chatham Yacht Club could be coordinated to help improve access for all boaters. The Eldredges, who have a long history as a fishing family and have owned the pier on Stage Harbor for more than 60 years, approached the town about buying it because the family wanted to preserve access for fishermen to offloading facilities and felt selling to the town was the best way to do so. Read the rest here 08:25

Working Waterfront – Purchase of family-owned fish pier on Chatham town meeting docket

Shareen Davis will miss the briny smell of nets drying in the loft overhead, the totes of silver-sided fish glinting in the sun, the black arcs of squid ink tattooing the decking.To her husband, Ernie, the small pier on Stage Harbor with its two-story fish house has been a second home. His father Lester “Bony” Eldredge and a partner bought it back in the late 1940s, and it has been in the Eldredge family for nearly 60 years. A pier has been on the same spot since the 1700s, Eldredge said. It is the longest continuously operated commercial pier in town. Once it was known they were considering a sale, the Eldredges received offers from people in the private sector but preferred to sell it to the town, even at a lower price, because they felt Chatham would maintain it as the town’s only pier on Nantucket Sound for offloading commercial catch. Video, read the rest here 08:17