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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 7/30/2013 1:23 PM
BEACH ACCESS UPDATE: Currently, the first 1.25 miles of Norton Point (maybe a little more) are open to Over-sand Vehicles. If you haven't been out here recently, there is significantly more beach open than there was last year. The beach is closed beyond that point because we still have a significantly colony of protected birds hatching out and rearing chicks, including Common Terns, Least Terns, Roseate Terns, and Black Skimmers.

On Cape Poge, the Gut and the Elbow are currently closed to Over-Sand Vehicles due to Least Tern chicks in those locations...however, the rest of the property and Wasque Reservation are OPEN. The extreme southern end of Leland Beach is roped off due to severe erosion, but permitholders are welcome to drive down as far as they can to the roped area. Just a warning: there is a limited number of parking spaces at the end of the inside trail to Wasque.

Remember: you can always call our 24-Hour Hotline at 508.627.8390 to hear about current Beach Access. If you have a question about tours or purchasing a permit, please call the Mytoi Gatehouse at 508.627.3599.

By dbalon on 7/29/2013 12:09 PM

OB Fishing Pier Update
By Dave Nash

As reported in the MV Times recently, work on the OB fishing pier was essentially suspended at the end of June.  Nelson Sigelman called this one right when he suggested that nothing comes in on schedule on Martha’s Vineyard.  I checked in with Doug Cameron this week and he updated me on their revised construction timetable.  The OB selectmen were unwilling to allow additional time beyond 6/30 for completion of land-based activities so work on the handicap access and the main stairway was suspended.  They were also prohibited from driving any additional pilings until after Labor Day so the only activity we are likely to see this summer is continuing work on the pier itself but essentially limited to framing and decking.  The contractor has been waiting for the delivery of timber materials.  Some additional pile driving for construction of the “L” at the end of the pier will take place in the fall but the pier is pretty much at its’ finished length. The contract completion date for the OB fishing pier is now October 30, 2013 so it looks like there will be no battle for the coveted “end of the pier” seat for this years derby.
By dbalon on 7/26/2013 12:48 PM
How they moved the Schifter house, step by astonishing step
MV Times
Michelle Gross
July 24, 2013

When Rick and Jennifer Schifter realized it was only a matter of time before the ocean that had drawn them to the remote southeast corner of Chappaquiddick would claim their treasured 8,300-square-foot summer house, they had a tough decision to make.

Built as a vacation retreat for them and their four daughters, changing currents and battered bluffs had left the Schifters with two choices. Demolish it, or move it.

Click here to read the full article.

By dbalon on 7/13/2013 11:14 PM
Gone Fishin' : Behind The Scenes, State Agency Provides Fishing Access.
Nelson Sigelman
July 2, 2013

The ability to access a fishing spot, or launch a boat, canoe or kayak is pretty important to many residents and visitors on Martha's Vineyard. Measured against our miles of shoreline, there are not as many opportunities as one might hope to find.

And from season to season there is no assurance that a familiar access will remain. Particularly, if it is dependent on the willingness of private property owners to share.

About three years ago in Tisbury, the Mink Meadows Association decided to lock the gate to its private beach 24/7 year-round. Prior to that, the gate was only locked in the summer to discourage late-night drinking parties. It was disheartening to lose convenient access to that stretch of beach even in the off-season.

Click here to read the full article.

By dbalon on 6/28/2013 2:08 PM

Fellow Surfcasters


We need your input and ideas.  Sometime during the 1’st half of July – final details are still being worked – the officers of the MVSA will meet with TTOR regional and senior management to discuss fishing and ORV access issues for the properties TTOR manages on MV.   Please provide us with any and all ideas you have on this subject.   We’re at the height of the ‘bird closure’ season and I’m sure that’s on the minds of many members.  If you have some ideas about long term projects that we could work on jointly we’d love to hear your ideas.


Please reply back to the e-mail sent to members or send a note using the CONTACT US link on the top header of the MVSA web site.

Click here to be linked directly to the CONTACT US page on the MVSA website to provide input.


By dbalon on 6/28/2013 2:00 PM
MV Times Article: Gone Fishin': Martha's Vineyard fishermen claim Island Cup
By: Nelson Sigelman
June 26, 2013

Members of the Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters Association traveled to Nantucket last weekend and beat their sandbar counterparts on their own turf, to take the 6th annual "Island Cup" catch-and-release surfcasting tournament.

Click here to read the full story.
By dbalon on 6/18/2013 2:28 PM
Great progress continues on the Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier. Thanks to Wally White who is continuing to send in updated photos of this history making project. We will continue to update the photo album as we receive more updates. This is a great way to see how things are coming along week to week.

Click here to view all the latest photos.
By dbalon on 6/11/2013 8:30 PM
Check out these great aerial photos by Charles Bass. We would also like to than Jonathan Bass for sharing this information.

These aerial photos show the Schifter house move out on Wasque Point as well as the extent of this massive project. It is almost hard to really understand the scope of the work going on out there.

There is also an aerial photo of the Norton Point breach as it moves toward Wasque point.

Click here to see the photos.
By dbalon on 6/7/2013 10:56 AM

MVSA Fishing Contest and Cookout is now on Sunday, June 9th starting at 3:00p.m.

Here is the latest details on the MVSA Fishing Contest and Cookout.  The MVSA fishing contest and cookout will take place this Sunday, June 9th from 3p.m.-9p.m. at the left fork entrance to Norton point in the area of the gate house.   If you don’t have an OSV pass to Norton Point it’s a fairly short walk and some of the members will be available to shuttle folks out to the beach.  The club will provide grill food, salads, and soft drinks so there’s no need to bring food or drink.  We’re going to start flipping burgers around 6:00 PM.  As with all club events, this one is BYOB.   Bring your tackle and a beach chair.  Some of the members who have OSV permits and room in their buggies will be bringing extra beach chairs, just in case.

Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest blue, heaviest striped bass, and most fish landed.

Hope to see you there for this fun event.

By dbalon on 6/6/2013 9:13 PM
Here is the latest update on the Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier from Dave Nash:

It’s really happening!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the pier construction started last week and is now in full swing.  They are still committed to a June 30 completion for all of the land based work as well as installing all the piles.  Right now they have been doing some serious digging on the land side to put in the footings for the handicap access portion of the walkway.  This will be supplemented by a “grand staircase” going from the sidewalk down to the pier.  A barge is in place to set the steel piles then the wooden piles will be driven inside those as explained to me. The 6/30 deadline is important so that they have all the piles in place; then they will finish up the decking.  Seems like some in town are a bit nervous about all the heavy equipment getting in the way but even though there is much more going on there than I thought would happen, it is not leaving a big footprint.  By the end of the month the plan is to be done with all the land-based equipment.  The state fishing access people are doing a great job in trying to minimize the impact of the construction.  Thanks to Donny Brice for the photos.

Click here to see the photos.

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