(February 7, 2022) Owners of Sandbar in Jetties Beach are seeking Select Board approval to install a new roof that will span the restaurant’s patio, replacing an awning that disintegrated in a storm last summer .
According to a letter from restaurateurs Nick Nass and George Kelly to the city, which owns the property, the roof would become city property and be paid for by Sandbar. Nass and Kelly would be responsible for building, maintaining and maintaining the roof, according to the letter.
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Nass and Kelly received a five-year lease extension from the Select Board last summer, beating offers from restaurant owners Millie’s for a restaurant called The Harpoon and Vanessa Traniello for a restaurant called Swim. Under this lease, the city is expected to withdraw $750,745 from Sandbar over five years.
Last summer, city officials debated whether it would be the city’s responsibility to repair and maintain the historic 1904 building’s deteriorated canopy for a company operating on city land. In the end, that was a moot point. The awning came down after building commissioner Paul Murphy declared it unstable.
Charlie Polachi, the city’s new director of parks and recreation, recommends council approve the application, provided the existing lease is amended, giving the city oversight of the project and ensuring the roof does not is not enclosed along the walls.
Wednesday’s agenda also includes an update from school officials on a campus-wide master plan that includes the proposed installation of artificial turf pitches containing the PFAS chemicals. Funding for the improvements is headed for a vote at the town hall in May.
According to a study carried out by the engineering company Tetra Tech on a similar site installed at Martha’s Vineyard High School, “no significant risks associated with PFAS6 can be identified based on the available data and regulatory standards”.
But for environmentalists and at least one school board member, the jury is still out. What has followed since the proposal came out has been a back-and-forth debate in meetings and letters to the editor, where one side alleges the other is using mercenary scientists and deliberately confusing information to downplay the effects. chemicals seeping into the groundwater, while the other argues that the PFAS used to make the synthetic pitches cause no significant harm, and that the pitches themselves are long overdue for the system’s growing sports program school.
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