We are all now enjoying a beautiful July after a less than ideal spring. We were pleasantly surprised when a brand new sidewalk was recently installed in front of the lighthouse. An additional crosswalk should be in place shortly, which will certainly add a safer alternative for those crossing to the overlook. This is the first phase of a three part project which includes replacing the sidewalk from Hallett Lane to Water Street and Water Street to the new Lighthouse sidewalk.
Hopefully these improvements will be accomplished by next summer.
The planning committee for the Eldredge Garage meets regularly and will finalize its recommendations this fall. This summer the lot is open. The selectman hired Chatham Valet to manage the parking lot. There is a fee for parking for non residents and resident / taxpayers (with stickers) are provided free parking. There is also a complementary shuttle available to the beach and other locations. Improvements will hopefully be approved by the selectmen by May's town meeting but whether changes can happen by next summer is uncertain.
I hope to see many of you at the Annual Meeting which, for the first time, is scheduled early in August this year. John Whelan and Kim Rodrigues will be speaking about their popular book, I Am of Cape Cod.
I send you my best wishes for a wonderful Chatham summer, and look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood.