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2014 Padanaram Bridge Schedule
TOWN OF DARTMOUTH PUBLIC NOTICE 2014 Padanaram Bridge Openings Please be advised that the 2014 seasonal bridge openings begin on May 1, 2014. The Bridge Tenders are on duty during the season, and the schedule is as follows: 6:00 a. m. 8:00 a. m. Openings on the hour and half hour 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p. m. Openings on the hour 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Openings on the hour & half hour Should you have any questions or concerns please call Mr. Roy Pinheiro, Assistant Supervisor of Services and Infrastructure at (508) 999-0744. We wish you a safe boating season. PER ORDER OF: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Harbormaster
Information on Dartmouth’s LATE MOORING REGISTRATION: In 2003, the Town of Dartmouth adopted certain bylaws and regulations relative to moorings and waterways management. Chief among those were the bylaws and procedures for obtaining and keeping an annually-renewable mooring permit. The Harbormaster-issued annual mooring permit is the only mechanism that allows individuals to legally keep their personal mooring gear in the Commonwealth’s public waterways. The State specifies that all mooring permits terminate annually on December 31st of each year. The town lawfully adopted a standard March 31st annual permit renewal deadline for renewing all mooring site permits in Dartmouth. Without renewal by March 31st of each year, the mooring permit is lapsed or expired. It cannot be renewed. The March 31st deadline was deliberately adopted with deference to the several hundred candidates on the mooring waitlist seeking a mooring permit for use in the upcoming season. Individual reminders of the annual March 31st deadline, in the form of invoices, are mailed each February to the last known address provided to the Harbormaster Office. Some boaters fortunate enough to enjoy mooring permits still fail to remember or heed the decade-old deadline of March 31st. In an effort to temper the harshness of a permanent and outright loss of use of a mooring site, the Town adopted a one month “grace period” known as the annual “late mooring registration period.” In order to renew a mooring permit that lapsed or expired without the annual permit fee having been received by the Town by any March 31st deadline, an added late registration fee of $100 must be added to the cost of each mooring permit. No lapsed and expired mooring permit may be reversed and allowed to continue without payment of the late registration fee during this month of April “grace period.” The “grace period” ends at the close of business on the last day of each April. The Harbormaster cannot renew a mooring permit for any site after April 30th of any year. If you choose not to take advantage of the late registration period, or fail to pay the required additional late mooring registration fee of $100, your unpermitted mooring gear will be removed from the water and the empty site must be re-assigned to the next qualified applicant on the mooring waiting list starting on May 1st.
Posted on 02 Apr 2014 by Harbormaster
RAMP CLOSURE - Dias Town Landing Ramp Reconstruction
NOTICE OF RAMP CLOSURE Notice has been given by the State Public Access Board that the Arthur F. Dias Town Landing at Apponagansett Point will be closed to all starting Monday April 7, 2014. The State has awarded a reconstruction contract intended to remove and reconstruct both launch ramps and surrounding area. There will be no access for launching of vessels from this facility until completion of the reconstruction, expected to be no later than June 1st. Alternative public launch facilities are available in Westport to our west, and New Bedford to our east.
Posted on 26 Mar 2014 by Harbormaster
Waterways Permit Renewal Deadline Approaches
REMINDER: All permit renewals with fees must be RECEIVED by the Town no later than Monday March 31, 2014 in accordance with Town bylaw. Mooring permit renewals that are not received by the end of business that day will be re-assigned to the mooring waiting list unless the permit fee plus a $100 late registration fee for each permit ($150 total) is RECEIVED during the 30 day grace period. NO Mooring permit can be renewed beyond that period.
Posted on 24 Mar 2014 by Harbormaster
Private Aquaculture Grants Coming to Dartmouth

The Dartmouth Select Board is considering the adoption of regulations that would allow private shellfish farming in Dartmouth waters. Regulations proposed by an Aquaculture Committee will be discussed at the Board meeting on Monday February 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm. To see the proposed regulations, as well as the areas where private aquaculture licenses may be granted, please see the link on the Select Board web page or you can download here.

Please comment on these Proposed Regulations to: dartmouthshellfish@gmail.com prior to March 7, 2014. Thank You.
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Harbormaster
2014 Waterways Permit Renewals Mailed
The 2014 renewal reminders for moorings, boats, waitlist and dinghy permits have been completed and mailed to the last known address for all boaters. Mooring permit renewals must be RECEIVED at Town Hall by March 31st to avoid the additional $100 late renewal fee. No mooring permit may be renewed after May 1st of any year. NEW THIS YEAR - all but mooring permits may be renewed by paying on-line at the Dartmouth Collector's on-line site: http://dartmouthma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/DartmouthMA_Collector/index
Posted on 22 Feb 2014 by Harbormaster
2 Day Closure Dias Town Landing - June 7-8, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: The Town of Dartmouth is hosting a 350th celebration commemorating the anniversary of the incorporation of the Town. Festivities include concerts and a fireworks display hosted at Apponagansett Point and upper Padanaram Harbor. The Town Administration has determined that there will be NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE ARTHUR F. DIAS BOAT LAUNCH FACILITY FOR THE FULL DAYS OF SATURDAY JUNE 7 AND SUNDAY JUNE 8, 2014. No parking or launching activities will be allowed on either day. For further information, please see: http://www.town.dartmouth.ma.us/Pages/DartmouthMA_Admin/Dartmouth350
Posted on 20 Dec 2013 by Harbormaster
Recreational Fishing Permits Required in Massachusetts

June 27, 2013

Reminder: Recreational Fishing Permits Required in Massachusetts

Beginning in 2011 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts required that all recreational anglers obtain a saltwater fishing license. Licenses are available for $10 (plus applicable processing fees) through the MarineFisheries websiteor at your local tackle shop.  Persons 60 years of age or over are required to hold the permit but not subject to the $10 license fee.

Exempt from having to hold a license are those persons who are disabled and reliant on another person to assist in the performance of their daily activities, persons under 16 years of age, or patrons on-board permitted for-hire vessels. Individuals with a commercial fishing permit must also hold a recreational fishing license if they keep fish under recreational fishing limits. However, they need not hold a recreational fishing permit if they keep for personal use any fish that was legally caught under the authority of their commercial permit.    

The purpose of the license is to create a registry of saltwater anglers and thereby improve recreational catch data. All fees from the recreational fishing license program are deposited in a dedicated account. The five members of the public, who constitute the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel, assist MarineFisheries for developing programs for the expenditure of all collected funds.  In accordance with state law, revenues can only be used to administer the licensing program; increase and improve public fishing access; and improve the management of the state’s marine recreational fisheries, particularly with regard to developing more accurate assessments of recreational catch and effort.

For more information regarding the recreational fishing license, please visit our websiteor call us at 617-626-1620.

Posted on 27 Jun 2013 by Harbormaster
Updated Mooring Waiting List
The updated Mooring Waiting List can be downloaded here.  5/2013
Posted on 21 May 2013 by Harbormaster
Reserved Dinghy Rack Spaces
The Town of Dartmouth has limited Reserved Dinghy Rack Spaces available for the 2013 season at the Dias Town Landing on
Apponagansett Point.   These reserved dry dock spaces are available by assignment only, for dinghy-type (small) boats through the Harbormaster Office.  Season rentals are $50 with removal from all rack spaces required by November 1st.  Please send an email to harbormaster@dartmouthharbormaster.com for a required registration form.  Spaces are assigned only in order of receipt of payment.
Posted on 29 Apr 2013 by Harbormaster
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