Cape Cod lawmakers plan shark meeting with state, federal officials

In the aftermath of the Sept. 15 fatal shark attack on a bodyboarder in Wellfleet, local legislators promised towns that state money and expertise would be available to help better protect and educate the public, as well as enhance the rescue and treatment of future victims.

To that end, state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, and Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, are working out the details of a regional meeting of state officials with town administrators and other municipal officials and staff, representatives from the Cape Cod National Seashore and U.S. Rep. William Keating’s office. The meeting will take place sometime in late December or early January, Peake said.

“The Baker administration, and especially (Lt. Gov. Karyn) Polito, is fully engaged,” Peake said.

A 2015 report by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism showed that $1 billion was spent by visitors in Barnstable County, generating $260.1 million in payroll and 9,000 jobs. That resulted in $40.3 million in state taxes from visitor spending, the third highest by county in the state, and $61.4 million in local taxes.

Although the details are still being worked out, the meeting may be held on the Cape, possibly before Christmas and it may be open to the public, but that hasn’t yet been determined.

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