Harbor Advisory Committee


The Harbor Advisory Committee serves in an Advisory capacity to the Board of Selectmen and works closely with the Harbormaster. The 9-member Committee is appointed by the Board of Selectmen and includes a representative from each of the following Stakeholder Groups:

Appointing CommitteeMemberTerm-Length
Board of SelectmenRyan Ruley1 Year
Parks & Highway DepartmentAmy Billings1 Year
Conservation CommissionRon Zentner1 Year
Oak Bluffs Business AssociationDouglas A. Abdelnour Jr.3 Years
Neighborhood Residential CommunityJason Lew3 Years
Members at Large (3)John R. Breckenridge3 Years
Public SafetyJeff Labell1 Years

Thomas Norbury1 Year

David Pothier3 Years


Oak Bluffs Harbor is the lifeblood to the Town of Oak Bluffs. Providing key economic benefits to the Town and our Business Community, the Harbor welcomes visitors to the Island, and promotes recreational and commercial activities. Its connection to the surrounding communities provides scenic settings and enhances residential values.

To maintain these important values, the goals of the Harbor Advisory Committee will be to provide input and advice to the Board of Selectmen regarding the following:

  • The safe enjoyment of the Harbor by Residents and Visitors
  • Recommendations regarding Capital Improvements and Facility Upgrades
  • Maintenance of Water Quality standards for both recreation and Commercial interests
  • Revenue opportunities and assessments
  • Maintaining first class accommodations including Restrooms, Trash Disposal, Fuel Services, and Launch facilities.
  • Master Plan Review and Updates


The Harbor Advisory Committee will work closely with the Harbormaster to recommend Guidelines that can accomplish the Committee's Goals. The Harbormaster will forward these to the Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen for further review and ratification. Examples may include:

  • Harbor Policies ; Rules and regulations
  • Special Event Permit Application and Process
  • Resident Slip Lottery