Now that the Town of Chatham has purchased the Stage Harbor Dock, local leaders are looking at fast-tracking renovation plans to help serve the area’s commercial fishing fleet in the future. Previously owned by the Eldredge family for more than a half-century, the town purchased the dock a few months back, then leased it back to the family for work as a commercial pier.
At the time, the dock was viewed as an alternative to serve the town’s commercial fishing fleet, pending any future problems in accessing the pier at Aunt Lydia’s Cove. Already, though, some commercial vessels and recreational boats are having trouble navigating the inlet leading from the ocean into Chatham Harbor. That’s why proponents say its vitally important to upgrade and renovate