Aquinnah selectmen voted this week to seek the advice of town counsel over the failure of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to clean an area of Menemsha Pond left heavily littered by an abandoned oyster propagation project.

The latest in a series of deadlines passed Wednesday to clean the waters and beach around two groundwater lots leased from the town by the tribe.

At a Tuesday meeting selectman Camille Rose said she had visited the pond site recently and saw the cleaning job was yet to be completed.

Tribal administrator Tobias Vanderhoop was present at the meeting but did not speak. After the meeting he told selectmen that he was unable to speak on behalf of those leading the cleaning project but assured them informally that steps were being taken to address the mess.

In other news selectmen unanimously granted a license to sell beer and wine for the Aquinnah Shop restaurant.

Owner Matthew (Cully) Vanderhoop has several remaining state regulatory hurdles to clear, but plans to begin offering alcoholic beverages to patrons by the end of July.

The restaurant at the Cliffs will be the second restaurant after the Outermost Inn to become licensed since a bylaw allowing the sale was voted into law last summer.

The restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers views of the Cliffs and ocean.

The two restaurants represent half of Aquinnah’s eating establishments.

For an alcohol-free dining experience there is Faith’s Seafood Shack located at the Cliffs. Run by Faith Vanderhoop with partner James A. Shephard, the Shack is in its first season; it offers sushi, lobsters and steamers, and is open until sunset.

The Dreamcatcher, also at the Cliffs, is a takeout eatery open for lunch.


with permission, MV Gazette

By SAM BUNGEY