Proposed “Sanctuary” in Popponesett Bay Sparks Controversy

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CapeCodOnline: The latest attempt to block a 1.9-acre oyster farm in Popponesset Bay has a Mashpee [MA] shellfisherman and Cape Cod officials steamed over what they say is a blatant attempt to thwart local control.

An amendment was slipped into the state budget last week that would declare the exact borders of Mashpee resident Richard Cook’s grant a “special coastal resource sanctuary.” The designation would prohibit not only the oyster farm, but any other projects, including routine dredging, in the area that is just west of the Popponesset Spit and in view of homes on both Popponesset and Daniels islands.

Read more about the controversyposed coastal sanctuary in Popponesett Bay.