Topics: Skydiving

Selectmen Vow 'Vigorous Defense' Of Skydiving

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With federal regulators now firmly in their corner, selectmen are vowing to come out swinging when a suit brought by skydiving opponents goes to trial in March. Saying they were acting in the benefit of public transparency, the board issued a statement announcing its position following an hour-long closed-door session Monday evening. The town has been in litigation over the issue of skydiving fo...

CHATHAM – The town is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Skydive Cape Cod, Inc., seeking $100,000 in damage for the company's inability to operate out of Chatham Airport for the past several years. Expressing concerns about safety, the town declined to renew Skydive Cape Cod's contract in 2013. The town was later ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a contract for skydive services at th...

CHATHAM – The town's insurance won't cover damages being sought in a lawsuit by Skydive Cape Cod. In January, Skydive filed a lawsuit charging the town with breach of contract and civil rights violations for its failure to renew its contract to operate at Chatham Municipal Airport in 2013. The company is seeking $100,000 in damages. In an April 11 letter to the town, Stephen Hall, the attorney for Old Repub...

Skydive Cape Cod Sues Town

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Its prohibition of skydiving at the airport is creating more legal turbulence for the town of Chatham. Skydive Cape Cod, which ran excursions from the Chatham airport for three years before the town shut down the operation, has filed suit against the town seeking $100,000 in damages for lost business. The town is already feeling the squeeze from both sides of the skydiving debate. It is preparin...

Skydive Suit Moves Toward Trial

By: Alan Pollock

BARNSTABLE — After waiting on the edge for years, the legal battle between skydive opponents and the town of Chatham just got a shove. Last week, Barnstable Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson set a Dec. 4 trial date for the suit filed against the town by the Citizens for a Safe Chatham Airport. Skydive opponents, who were arguing for a preliminary injunction to block the issuance of any skydiving contracts ...

CHATHAM – A training session for selectmen and airport commissioners conducted by representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration has prompted questions from an outspoken opponent of skydiving at the town's airport. David Bixby, a member of the group that is suing the town to block the return of skydiving, questioned why the session was held behind closed doors and whether those attending violated the s...

CHATHAM – A training session for selectmen and airport commissioners conducted by representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration has prompted questions from an outspoken opponent of skydiving at the town's airport. David Bixby, a member of the group that is suing the town to block the return of skydiving, questioned why the session was held behind closed doors and whether those attending violated the s...

CHATHAM – The town's attempt to block a citizens group's lawsuit that seeks to prohibit skydiving at Chatham Municipal Airport has been denied by the state appeals court. “We're disappointed,” said Chairman of Selectmen Jeffrey Dykens. “We've tried to exhaust all legal avenues for dismissal of complaint” in order to avoid prolonged and potentially expensive litigation. Associate Justice Eric Neyman turned d...

Selectmen Vote To Fight Skydive Claim

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In an assertion of the town's legal “sovereign immunity” to legal nuisance claims, the board of selectmen has voted to appeal a recent Barnstable Superior Court ruling to the Massachusetts Appeals Court, over the issue of skydiving. Following Judge Robert Rufo's Sept. 13 ruling that skydiving opponents can proceed with their legal effort to block skydiving at the Chatham airport, Town Counsel Patrick...

Selectmen Vote To Fight Skydive Claim

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In an assertion of the town's “sovereign immunity” to legal nuisance claims, the board of selectmen has voted to appeal a recent Barnstable Superior Court ruling to the Massachusetts Appeals Court, over the issue of skydiving. Following Judge Robert Rufo's Sept. 13 ruling that skydiving opponents can proceed with their legal effort to block skydiving at the Chatham airport, Town Counsel Patrick Coste...