No bids on Jetties Beach concession stand; Only one restaurant open on island; Santa falls $hort; Real estate dip, selectmen changes top the news in '06

Jetties Beach
     There are still no bidders for the Jetties Beach concession stand (above), see story below.

inquirermirror_01Nantucket NEWS, December 29, 2006

Selectmen endorse $72.8 million budget
The Board of Selectmen last night endorsed a $72.79 million municipal budget, as recommended by the town administration, that would require voters to approve a $2.46 million operating override during the April 2007 Annual Town Meeting. Although the town’s anticipated revenues ex- ceeded its projected level-funded expenses for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2007, leaving a $61,000 surplus, town administrator Libby Gibson and finance director Connie Voges recommended $2.5 million in supplemental budget requests from town departments and the school system which the board agreed to endorse last night...

Jetties still without a proprietor
Following the withdrawal of the only bid on the Jetties Beach concession stand after a second round of bidding, the proposal will be put out to bid a third time in the hopes of enticing someone to open it up in time for the summer season. The most recent bid was submitted by Even Keel restaurant owner Marshall Thompson, but a Dec. 11 letter submitted by Thompson to the Board of Selectmen said he was not going to sign the lease but did say he “will be interested in the re-bidding if the lease package changes”...

Real estate dip, selectmen changes top the news in '06

The year began on a high note for the island’s most dedicated New England Patriots fans. Sisters Jane Hardy, 66; Jeanne Dooley, 73; and Joan Fisher, 75, who ave missed less than a handful of home games since they purchased four season tickets in 1995, were named Fans of the Year by team owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium Jan. 1. Also in January, developers of the Great Harbor Yacht Club filed suit in Massachusetts Land Court, disputing findings by Town Counsel Paul DeRensis that the town is the true owner of a 1,443-square-foot triangle of property, in addition to five partially-submerged shares, on the footprint of the proposed club...

Restaurant closures leave few culinary presents for visitors
stubbys300_400 Twas Christmas Day on Nantucket, and but a single restaurant was stirring, and it wasn’t the Jared Coffin House. The only place to get a hot meal on Christmas Day was Stubby’s on Broad Street, as every other restaurant was closed, and the island’s traditional Christmas Day brunch and dinner destination for many, the Jared Coffin House, no longer has an operating kitchen.  The dearth of dining options Monday didn’t sit well with some, including Selectman Michael Kopko, who operates the Safe Harbor Guest House with his wife. Kopko commented on the lack of Christmas dining options during last week’s meeting and said that “a world-class resort destination” such as Nantucket should offer more choices for its holiday visitors...

Inky Santa falls short of its goal, but campaign still called a success
The Inky Santa’s Toy Drive fell $8,310 short of its $30,000 fundraising goal this year, but Mike Connolly, media spokesperson for the charity, said this year’s campaign was  nevertheless a success. “We did well on the shopping lists,” said Connolly. “Everybody got what they asked for. There were very few glitches...

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