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Thursday, April 29
- Planning Board, 11 a.m.
- Board of Health, 3 p.m.
Monday, May 3
- Select Board, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4
- Zoning Bylaw Task Force, 4:30 p.m.
- T-Time Committee work session, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5
- Board of Assessors, 11 a.m.
Water Skiing Hours on Warrant
Town meeting will decide how early in the morning water skiing can start on Great Pond with a boating revision bylaw on the warrant that includes changing the current start time from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“It gives people that evening time to water ski,” said select board vice chair Aimee Eckman. “I don’t think there’s that many people that water ski in the morning before they go to work.”
The controversy over water skiing on Great Pond, the only pond in town where the sport is permitted, surfaced during public meetings on proposed revisions to boating bylaws geared to improve safety in tidal creek areas.
The water skiing revisions were a compromise that attempted to balance wide-ranging concerns.
Eckman said, while it was decided 40 years ago to allow water skiing on certain days, that was before the Outer Cape started getting four million visitors each summer and paddle boards and kayaks “weren’t even a thing.”
“I think some of the arguments that working people like to water ski — well, a lot of working people like to kayak, paddleboard, swim, and things like that, too, that they aren’t able to with people skiing out there,” said Eckman.
Board member Art Autorino advocated for not changing the water skiing hours and suggested waiting one year to gather data on activity at the pond and measure the effects of increased signage and enforcement.
Town Administrator Jacqui Beebe said money had been built into the budget to have a presence at the boat launch and to possibly install a camera to monitor the area.
“We will definitely have more of a sense for you about who’s launching, what they’re doing, all of that information over the course of this summer,” said Beebe.
The select board agreed to split the boating bylaw revisions into two separate warrant articles by water type, fresh or salt, for the June 12 town meeting. —Linda Culhane