David Churbuck has an excellent three-part blog post that details the history of Cotuit’s opposition to piers, from the initial opposition to the Harbor View pier that went all the way up to the Massachusetts Supreme Court through the creation of the overlay district. It is well worth a read. Unfortunately, while the overlay district was intended to put an end to the need for constant efforts on the part of the village to, people still have to band together in opposition to the pressure of a waterfront property owner in want of something not available to other taxpayers.
The request for a special permit will appear before the Town of Barnstable’s Zoning Board of Appeals this Wednesday at 7pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Please see the ZBA schedule page for the Zoom URL (joining via Zoom requires that you install the Zoom app). If you think you might like to comment, you need to tell the person hosting the meeting (you can later choose not to speak). You can also watch the meeting on Channel 18.
This officially the third meeting before the board (continuances were issued the first two times at the request of the applicant). The ZBA takes public feedback into account, so we encourage you to attend the meeting and let your opinion be known. We also encourage you to write a letter (an email is fine) and send it to: