2020 was apparently the year that was marked by concerted attacks against the Shore working man.
First, there was the attack against Kelly’s Pub, where several ne’er do wells, with too much time on their hands, and not enough intelligence or common sense to compensate decided they would form a boycott and put the place out of business.
Then there was the group of concerned citizens that went after Coastal Concrete for making too much noise.
The latest group to be targeted are commercial fisherman.
The Cape Charles Yacht Center has begun the New Year by increasing its effort to run commercial waterman out of the harbor. As of January 1st, the current fuel cards will no longer work at the harbor.
The fuel cards are attached to the owner’s credit or debit card and allow working fishermen to get fuel at crucial times.
By eliminating all fuel cards working boats will only be able to get fuel between business hours. Being able to obtain fuel outside of business hours is critical for commercial fishermen.
In many cases, boats come off the water late, sometimes very low on fuel. Not being able to fill up until the harbor opens will cause many to miss a whole day of work.
Many are concerned that this is the first shot across the bow, and that raising slip fees on fisherman is the next step in moving them out.
Opinion: If we want Cape Charles Harbor to remain a commercial fishing port, commercial fishermen need to have the ability to work and operate. Town Council needs to decide what its priorities are.