An island resource
To the Editor:
In a letter in last week’s Block Island Times, we were again reminded of the extraordinary group of First Responders, official and not official, the town is blessed to have in our midst. Their rescue of an unfortunate surfer turned into a matter of life and death, with an incredibly fortunate outcome.
Today I am writing about another first responder, a guy who tries his hardest to help those in trouble; his working conditions are far from ideal; he often ends up working late hours, and then finds he still can’t please everybody; and he continues to deliver a real and specialized service to the island. For what he does, he receives less than scant recognition. This is the guy with the only tow truck, Pete Mott.
Let me give you a pedestrian, but typical example. Last August my daughter Celeste was at Mansion Beach, having parked in the lot there. I get a call at 5:30: ”Hey dad, the car won’t steer left or right; I can’t move the car...” I go down, and a quick look under the hood shows a fractured universal joint, the steering shaft is connected to nothing, swinging in the breeze. I leave a message for Pete. Ten minutes later he calls back, saying he will be right there.
Pete tows the car, saying he doesn't know when he can get the parts. Next afternoon I get a call: he got the parts, the car is ready for Celeste and her friends who will be arriving later that very day. Kind of a minor miracle.
Okay, no headlines there, but this very scenario should sound familiar to a lot of people, past, present and future.
Fast forward to now: Pete has had some bad luck and has lost the lease for his repair shop; his temporary setup is driving his neighbors to complain. Pete told me there was one desirable spot he attempted to acquire for a new shop, but for some reason was unable to make a deal.
In Pete Mott the town has what I would call an island resource. The town may no longer need Pete when everyone who lives or vacations here owns a Tesla and most repairs are done over the Internet. (Say, how is everybody’s internet service here doing these days…..?)
It is my deeply felt opinion that the town needs to help Pete; needs to help him get his productive life back in order; and, before I hear another word about a six-digit swimming pool, find Pete Mott a piece of properly zoned property for a repair shop; and lease it to him for (say) 50 years for some very reasonable amount. That is the about the least that the town needs to do, because the town needs Pete, just about every day.
To the Editor:
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Sun Farm Oysters will be having its annual Thanksgiving oyster benefit for Block Island-based non-profits starting at 3 p.m. at the parking lot between Washington Trust and TigerFish. Last year we raised almost $1,900 in about two hours through your generosity (and penchant for oysters). A dozen oysters can be purchased for a donation of $5. Please bring a bag to put your oysters in. For some, our selected day and time does not allow them to participate in the benefit. If that is your case, please ask a friend to pick up oysters for you, or email me, and we will set aside your order for pick up on the next day, Wednesday.
We ask that participating non-profits bring a donation container (with your name one it) to the parking lot at 2:45 p.m. and retrieve it at 5:30 p.m.
Please email with any questions to: email@example.com.