Town piers to remain accessible at night
The annual debate over the East Ferry piers is over.
Town Council President David Long declared, "We are not going to shut down fishing at night" at East Ferry after Town Administrator Bruce Keiser detailed town responses to criticisms.
Keiser said outdoor restrooms at the Community Center are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and interior ones may be added after some minor work can be done to isolate them from the main area.
He reported that attention is being given to litter, with decisions to be made on whether or not to add more barrels, or more trash pickups, or a combination of both. He also said police patrols and coverage has been improved.
Last month, members of the Harbor Management Commission sent to the council their annual request to curtail public access to the two town-owned docks at East Ferry.
The harbor commission cited a lack of restrooms, litter, and a lack of safety for serene evening strolls.
This year's main proposal from the commission was to close the piers from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., with proponents ready to compromise on a midnight to 5 a.m. closing.
At that meeting, Keiser told the council that East Ferry needed better management and response, not curtail access. The annual debate usually pitted anglers against boaters.