Village Board approves oyster farm’s dock application, again

The village board approved the correctly notice wetlands permit for Widows Hole oyster farm Monday. (Cyndi Murray photo)
The Village Board at Monday’s meeting. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The Village Board approved Widows Hole Oyster Company’s application to build a 140-foot dock and is expected to issue the building permit in the near future.

After a Monday hearing, which was briefly interrupted by an irate resident, the board unanimously approved the application.

Mayor David Nyce said after the vote that the village will issue a building permit “as soon as humanly possible.”

Last month, the board was criticized for scheduling another vote and hearing regarding a wetlands permit application submitted by oyster farm owners Michael and Isabel Osinski because it had already held a hearing and approved the permit.

But a two-word typo in November’s legal ad notifying the public of the hearing misstated the size of the dock, which could pose legal repercussions in the future, Mayor David Nyce had said last month.

Widows Hole Oyster Company wants to build the dock near the bay side of the company’s Flint Street property — just south of the North Ferry — to store some of his equipment. Mr. and Ms. Osinski, who are now suing the village over the last-minute change and failure to receive the building permit, have been joined by several members of the community to protest the need for Monday’s hearing.

Although the Osinskis didn’t comment, their attorney, Michele Pincus, stated: “The board has no jurisdiction to rehear this application.”

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