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DEK: A letter from Provincetown
Sal’s Place: Money and Meanness in the New Ptown."
By Peter Manso
The first thing you notice
when you walk into the resurrected Sal’s Place, in the heart of Provincetown’s West End, is the hustle and bustle
of a hot restaurant: the place is packed, the noise level is high, and the servers scoot nonstop to and from the close-set
tables. There’s a museum-quality Hawthorne and other class art on the walls, but the place still has a fish shack feel,
with exposed rafters and the rhythmic slop of the bay against the pilings on which the waterfront building partially sits.
And the food—the Brodetto or Zuppa di Pesce that one Facebook blogger raves about as “so wonderful that Marcella
[Hazen] herself would flip,”—well, let me tell you, the Zuppa is so sweet, so transporting in its plummy, tomato-y
tannic richness as to have made Sal’s the vacation spot’s dining destination of choice near overnight.
All this was pretty much the word around town last summer when the fifty-four year old Sal’s Place reopened under
new management. But the food wasn’t the only things people were talking about. There were also whispers that the owner—a
single, self-described blue-collar woman who’d originally arrived in Boston from Tipperary at age 17—was at war
with her neighbors—four wealthy men, all gay, who had recently bought the abutting properties for summer party pads,
and wanted the place dead and shuttered. In fact, depending on who you knew, you might have heard about bouts of property
destruction, interminable delays for the restaurant’s opening, and armies of lawyers getting rich on both sides.
As the not-so-secret knock-down-drag-out tumbled into public
view, eating there became an almost political act. Now, after simmering all winter, locals in P-Town are waiting for the hostilities
to start afresh.
One resident called the quarrel
the “worst case of bullying” he’d come across in his 50 years in town. But you could just as well call the
fight over Sal’s place a sort of battle for Provincetown’s soul in miniature—a David and Goliath story about
whether the artists, fishermen, and non-mainstream types of all persuasions were still welcome in the new Ptown. Or is this
haven at the end of the Cape destined to become an exclusive enclave for the rich gay elite?
To read further click on the link below
Click Here for L'affaire Sal's Place
Monday, February 19, 2018
Hatch and BoS
8:33 pm est
Heard from reliable source that Andrews really doesnt want Hatch in the BOS
Follow the Law
8:31 pm est
Isn't it time that town Employees Stop sleeping with those they oversee??
this is what sexual harassment
entails. those in lower positions--in more ways than one--can't readily say no if their job and advancements depend
on this person's recommendations. those in power have power over them. Just like teachers cannot sleep with their students--even
if the students are willing! It is fundamentally an issue of power--not sex.
This is the law. Why won't town employees
and the BOS follow the law?
These are the Facts : Cape Cod Docks
8:29 pm est
Cape Cod Docks is responsible and they should be in front of Conservation Tuesday
Wow. thanks for
this letter. I also believe that the deck needed to be torn down so that Greg Connors could do all the work needed for his
little mansion by the sea. His was a major job that needed bull dozers and cranes and the deck was simply in the way.
Where was the oversight by the town and by Conservation? Yikes! this letter just lays out what actually happened.
We are All Being Funiculed With the Funicular
8:28 pm est
What a whacky idea. the museum can't draw people there. Instead, start having lunch and wine and the views are magnificent.
turn this venue into the grand view it is. It's a room and not really a museum. We don't need a funicular that will rust for
seven months. this is not Disneyland, in spite of the blue chair.
They're Just Like Trump
8:56 am est
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the housing crisis"
The BOS and
TM response to the Housing Crisis.
They're just like Trump. Delusional and full of ego. YUK!
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Re: Big Money & Lawyers
8:46 pm est
The only winning is town counsel with his home in Chatham.
The town loses all the time with the lack
of a pro active legal counsel and a totally disengaged BOS from the regulatory processes which have been shaping the destiny
of this town
These are Facts
8:15 pm est
Cape Cod Docks, Inc.
23 Bog Road
West Yarmouth, MA 02673-1426
508 718-4711 Fax 508-790-1915
Provincetown, Ma. 02657
Dear Lora & Siobhan,
Cape Cod Docks will replace the deck extending across to the restaurant building, and vertical retaining wall, within
the exact same footprint and elevation as what existed, and assume all costs for construction of the new deck and vertical
retaining wall. The new deck will be constructed out of pressure treated materials. The new vertical retaining wall will be
pressure treated, tongue and groove, 3" x 10" timbers. In addition to the deck replacement, Cape Cod Docks, will
repair the existing timber stairway to the upper units, and duplicate the simple cross buck style handrail, as previously
existing, at no charge to you.
of the timing for the water to be turned on, Cape Cod Docks will inspect and repair any damage to the pipes in the access
area between 101 and 99 Commercial Street.
work will be completed as soon as possible. Pending approval to proceed with construction prior to January 8th,
2016, all new construction will be completed by April 15th, 2016, and all debris will be removed daily.
Upon approval to proceed with construction we will begin the demolition of the 99 Commercial Street pier, which allows
us access to the underside of the restaurant portion of the pier. Cape Cod Docks, Inc. will then begin replacing the disturbed/removed
area of the deck and underside restaurant portion of the pier.
If you would
like Cape Cod Docks, Inc. to scale back the existing lockers, we will require additional detailed information, but are more
than willing to satisfy your needs.
In regards to grease tank, we will ensure that
it is fully functional for the Spring of 2016.
7:52 pm est
The issue is not if the facts are outdated, if they are factual!
7:49 pm est
Wow. Lots of outdated facts. Get your act together, Peter.
Thanks for the Heads up
7:48 pm est
Peter Manso, thanks for the heads up. Now that we know that you r new hangout is Sals, well stay far,
far away from it. Your venom can ruin any meal.
Re: Big Money & Lawyers
7:45 pm est
Provincetown's Formula Business by-Law was Stronger Than Wellfeet's
but the town administration
was weaker and frankly inept. We have a strong formula business by-Law with a weak and inexperienced zoning Board and a Planning
Board that shuns its duty in relation to this by-law. We should have gone forward and not agree to this weak mediated agreement.
Truly, there are more balls in a pack of tennis balls container than town administrators all together have or ever had. It
is tragic to be this weak-kneed, scared, and timid.
and if the town planner had not been "with"--in more
ways than one-- the legal defense of CVS, then this would not have happened. As is her past behavior, she will be "with"
whoever leads to her advantage--even if it is to the disadvantage of Provincetown.
7:43 pm est
Don't play stupid. You know the facts, way too many of the facts and talk way too much in public and you shouldn't
be in here spreading rumors and innuendo to support your position. Karma is a b**ch.
To the webmaster;
regarding employees for any agency, especially town and state, should be banned from this forum. Lies, innuendo, falsehoods
and rumor only muck the system up as personnel issues are private.
7:26 pm est
"Since we don't need a Planner & didn't in the 1st place,now that there's no land left
to plan,this is a good time to write the position out of the budget in the next Town Meeting! So do it & resolve further
You forget she was Yinglings girlfriend, we had to get her a job in town, so Donegan
helped him get her here.
Now our acting town planner Gardner is dating our ..........
Ah forget it, its too hard to keep up with who is zooming who
in our little Peyton Place. And the taxpayers just keep paying and paying.
Re: Big Money & Lawyers
10:11 am est
It's not the lawyers that win because the towns lawyers buckle under
pressure, its the fact that the bylaws are poorly written and the town has no defense against the appeals. Looking at the
"chain store" bylaw, it was already revealed in Wellfleet that the bylaw was wrong and flawed yet we did nothing
to fix our bylaw so it would be loophole free and legal. Our bylaw was taken to court and as we know, it was defeated in court.
Look at the height bylaw in regards to 350 Bradford. It's already been appealed and will be again on the same project but
in the meantime, during the process of appeal, the town planner and planning board decided to change the bylaw to tighten
it up. That's a HUGE admission of being wrong when you correct something WHILE it's under appeal. 350 will win due to the
vagueness of the height bylaw. Once it's fixed, it won't be challenged any more due to clarification and the town lawyers
will be happy.
What should happen is the planning board and the planner, whoever that may be, should review all of
the definitions first and then the bylaws themselves and update them to current case law and based on prior appeals locally.
Only then will the town win in court.
THAT'S what a planner should be doing all the time. The town is built out,
planning is not a concern.
10:08 am est
Panagore getting a manicure is much better than watching him eat again on camera
Perhaps someone should explain the red light on air to him
10:07 am est
Cheryl Andrews is to housing what trump is to
She talks all interested but doesn’t really give a f@@k
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Shuttle Service vs Funicular
11:37 pm est
This request is addressed to our Board of Selectmen and the Board of Directors of the Pilgrim Monument
and the Zoning Board, Historical Board, Planning Board,Conservation Commission and Beautification Committee and the Chamber
Read the February 2015 article on "Calhoun Hollow Parking Lot Won't Reopen This Year.
Beachcomber Todd LeBart said "...he was planning to run daily shuttle bus service between White Crest and Cahoon again
this summer. It costs us around $30,000 to run the shuttle for the summer," he noted because it brings business to restaurants.
Why can't the Pilgrim Monument run a similar shuttle service for the summer for $30,000?
Apply the $1.2
- $1.8M capital expenditure and apply it to the 1965 museum and collections which is sorely in need of renovation and updating
to attract more visitors.
It's 53 Years Old and nothing has changed.
Where are the strategic priorities
of the Board of Directors?
The Board of Selectmen and its regulatory boards should never allow the desecration
of our most historic landscape because of political connections and personal ambitions.
The Town of Sandwich said
NO to the Heritage Museum a few years ago when it tried to introduce an amusement park to its grounds to attract more visitors.
A Non Profit Organization, and its Board of Directors, should be held to the highest standard of preserving the town's
historic landscape while making financially prudent decisions for the mission of its organization.
A win-win solution
must be sought.
11:30 pm est
So if anyone watched the joint meeting of the BOS and the Visitor's Services Board and heard the Chair's
ending comments that and I am paraphrasing " in my opinion the Board over the past 2-3 years has done a disservice to
the Town" Maybe she and her Board needs to look in the mirror, grade herself and let the professionals and or staff/Boards
do their jobs. You wonder why you don't have many volunteers for any Boards when the Chairman of the BOS criticizes and belittles
an entire Board. So much for collaboration, she seems to listen to folks in line at the Stop & Shop or her pals via phone
calls vs. the very volunteers and staff who do the work!
11:29 pm est
Are we becoming a town just for drugs and pot smokers. We don't need recreational pot stores in this
town. This little town is ruined.
11:27 pm est
Anyone know if there is any truth to the story I heard about a Town employee threatening to SHOOT another
Town employee??! WTF is going on with these guys? Hoping someone is doing something....
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