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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 9/20/2022 11:36 AM
The September newsletter is out and full of great events and photos. What an amazing job the Prez and everyone did on the Annual Tag Sale...Wow! Read all about it in this edition. There is also lots of other great events such as the Father's Day barbecue, Annual picnic, shark tournament and annual tag sale supporting the scholarship program. Also check out our new MVSA merchandise and the latest standings in the MVSA Inhouse derby.

Tight lines and be safe!

The MVSA Newsletter can be viewed at the following link:

By dbalon on 7/31/2022 11:57 AM
MV TImes
Abigail Rosen
July 28, 2022


After heavy criticism, The Trustees of Reservations announced Thursday afternoon it was withdrawing a draft beach management plan that placed significant restrictions on over sand vehicles (OSV) and dogs. The announcement was made through a press release and comes after the Edgartown conservation commission rebuked the plan. The release itself in its entirety quotes Trusteees President John Judge:

See the entire MV Times article and Trustees President John Judges's statement at the following PDF link:

By dbalon on 7/19/2022 7:49 PM
The Executive Committee of the Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters Association has voted to circulate this petition regarding management of Norton Point and Chappy TTOR beaches to its membership. The TAKE ACTION link petition was created by the MV Beachgoers Access Group.

Please consider clicking on the link below and signing if you agree.


The time to act is now so please do not delay your response!

Thanks in advance for your support of this urgent issue.
By dbalon on 7/16/2022 8:23 PM
The Trustees of Reservations has published a proposed Beach Management Plan that will significantly impact access of people and dogs to the beaches of Norton Point and Chappy. This plan is felt by many to be significantly more restrictive than prior policies. Some have commented that it is not consistent with the trustees' statement of "preserve for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts".

TIME TO ACT: If you are at all concerned with the plan and the restricted access the time to voice your opinion is NOW! There is only a limited time to make your opinion heard before it is too late. Enclosed below is a "sample"  Word format that can be used to voice your opinion to the President of TTOR (John Judge). You can use this form as a guide or create your own personal letter but either way please make your opinion known in writing. Please send to both email and snail mail at the following addresses:

John Judge email: jjudge@thetrustees.org

John Judge U.S. mail: CEO Trustees of Reservations, 200 High St., Floor #4, Boston MA 02110

By dbalon on 7/8/2022 8:55 PM
Please read this important article at the link below detailing the MVSA involvement with TTOR back in  April 2006. This original article was published in the MV Times on April 6, 2006 and written by Nelson Sigelman. This is great history of the MVSA working with TTOR and other authorities when TTOR was originally working toward taking over and managing Norton Point. There has been a long standing, good history of the MVSA supporting and working with TTOR.

There is now a new TTOR Beach Management Plan out for review with a target date of implementation of October 1, 2022. Please see the related article with all details under the BLOG section or NEWSWORTHY EVENTS section of the MVSA homepage website. This details the plan and has a direct link to the TTOR Beach Management Plan.

This new plan is very time sensitive and if you want to be involved NOW IS THE TIME to express your views and opinions. There is also a survey in the TTOR Beach Management Plan which is a great way to make your voice heard.

By dbalon on 7/8/2022 8:18 PM
The Trustees of Reservations has just published a BEACH MANAGEMENT program that will significantly impact access of people and dogs to the beaches of Norton Point and Chappy. It is felt by many to be significantly more restrictive than prior policies. Some have commented that it is not consistent with the trustees' state wise mission statement "preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts". Some are supportive of the new restrictions.

If you are concerned about your access, your friend's access, your renter's access, or your dog's access, you are encouraged to access the link below, AND follow the links of interest, particularly the links "click here to review and comment"" and "we want to hear from you". You can also do the following:
1. Contact the trustees with your concerns.
2. Be aware of restrictions if and when you purchase an OSV permit.
3.Join Facebook group "MV Beachgoers Access Group"
4. Be heard with other beachgoers, numbers count, attend one of the 3 meetings listed in the link below.

By dbalon on 6/5/2022 6:42 PM
Well summer is right around the corner and the Blues and Bass are in! Lots of nice fish being caught around the island and some blues into the 11+ pound range. Check out the June 2022 Newsletter. Congrats to Ron Domurat for catching the first bluefish of the 2022 season on May 23rd!!! There is also updates from the Treasurer, donations needed for the tag sale and the upcoming shark tournament. Check out the updates on some new MVSA swag, updates on the TTOR and much, much more.

Check out the full newsletter on the link below:

By dbalon on 6/5/2022 6:23 PM
Check out the combined April and May Newsletter. This is one not to be missed. There is a great section on the MVSA and our Vets! There is never enough thanks and appreciation of their service. Also, check out the calendar of events with the Father's Day BBQ on Chappy and the Annual Picnic on July 9th at the Bend in the Road Beach. There is also a very nice article on Scott Maccaferri of Island Lures. There is also articles on the MVRHS Science Fair and a tribute to John Charles Phillips.

Check out the full newsletter at the link below:

By dbalon on 3/30/2022 12:30 PM
The March 2022 MVSA Newsletter is out! We finally made it officially to Spring although Mother Nature still seems to think it is winter out there. The Bass and Blues should be on the way soon! The March Newsletter is packed with all kinds of club news and events. More importantly, there is a great write up on member and veteran Paul Schultz and his service in Vietnam. This is a must read and was a great speech he shared during the February MVSA meeting.

Check out the entire newsletter below at the link:

By dbalon on 3/17/2022 7:05 AM
Spring is just about here so get ready for it with this February Newsletter. This should be the last newsletter for the winter! There is lots of club news, upcoming events, awards and more.

You can check it all out at the link below.

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