Menemsha Boathouse Plans Moving Forward
November 17, 2010
The Martha’s Vineyard Times has reported on future plans for the rebuilding of the Menemsha Pond Coast Guard station boathouse than was destroyed by a fire on July 12. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard’s 47-foot motor lifeboat remains moored temporarily alongside Dutcher Dock, at leas through the winter.
The Coast Guard says that they expect to have a floating pier in place by next May. This would allow the lifeboat to be moved prior to the start of the boating season. Coast Guard Chief Olsen said that Station Menemsha is actually scheduled to receive a second 47-footer in 2014.
The Coast Guard will consider shortening the length of its pier in the redesign by about 50 feet, which would provide more room in the center of the harbor. Also, the Coat Guard was requested by the town of Chilmark to build a slightly smaller boathouse, but in the same colors and style as the old one. Construction of the new boathouse is not likely to begin until the summer of 2012.
The fire, meanwhile is still under investigation. Capt. Verne Gifford, commander of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, said that ATF continues to be the lead agency in the investigation, and is working closely with the state Fire Marshall’s office. He said that significant attention was being paid to the junction of the 2 piers.
To read more:
- Menemsha Coast Guard Boathouse Won’t Be Built for 2 Years (Sept. 13, 2010)
- Menemsha Fire Aftermath (July 26th, 2010)
- Coast Guard Station Menemsha Destroyed in Fire (July 12, 2010)
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