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

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