There are exceptions, but they are formalized. Stop and Shop provides opportunities to customers for cost savings by contractual arrangement: a Stop and Shop card. These discounts have maximum utility to those who buy frequently and repeatedly – mostly local community members providing the store’s core business. The regulations differ at the Airport, but parallel in concept. The FAA allows airports some leeway to identify “Signatory” Airlines, and offer them discounted fees. ACK defines Signatory Airlines as those providing year-round service: Cape Air and Rectrix are the year-round customers and beneficiaries. Their landing fee is $1.99 per 1,000# of aircraft weight (or $13.50 for C402).
The two variables in meat purchase are also true for landing fees. Meat is sold by the pound. A bigger steak costs more than a smaller one. The same is true for airports: the bigger jets take up more space and cause more wear and tear on the pavement (JetBlue’s E190 is charged $305 per landing). The other is placement and perception. A filet gets front placement at eye level. But it pays for the privilege with a high markup. The private G650 is the corollary here, accruing fees of $839 per arrival.
Store location is also important. Shelf items on Nantucket tend to cost more than on the Cape. But here the analogy diverges. To support aviation, ACK has kept landing fees low. The Cape Air C402 that pays $13.50 at ACK would pay $15.75 at HYA. The jetBlue E190 that pays $343 at MVY only pays $305 at ACK. The standard ACK landing fee of $2.75 per 1,000# is nearly half the industry average of $5.19/1,000#: the Signatory rate of $1.99 per 1,000# is similarly discounted compared to the industry average of $4.25/1,000#.
To some, the filet is overrated, and they’d just as soon make the ground chuck into a burger. It’s a matter of opinion. The same is true of setting landing fee rates. Some might view the discounted costs of operation as a lost market opportunity, and determine that rates should be marked up (like that eye-level filet in the store). Others might view the low rate as incentive to attract related activity: the purchaser of that ground chuck might also buy buns, tomatoes, cheese, and an onion. And this is the fundamental argument at every airport – is it a business enterprise or a public service?
The current answer is hangar steak - high value, and often underrated. And that pairs well with its status as an Enterprise Fund: the Airport operates as a public service, but with the expectation to cover its own costs. And it’s a good place to be. There’s no going back from overcooking a steak, and ACK has the capacity to turn up heat and raise rates if philosophy and markets change.
Public Works Parks & Recreation Master Plan
The Town of Nantucket has undertaken a town-wide Parks and Recreation Master Plan effort to understand current and future needs, condition of existing facilities, and identify priorities for improvements.
Consultant Weston & Sampson continues to gather information and input from stakeholders and the general public through various outreach opportunities with the goal of publishing a report in spring of 2019. Once the town-wide Parks and Recreation Master Plan is published, an already identified priority to move forward with improvements is the Tom Nevers Field.