Joe Vaudo Is One Step Closer To Fleecing Cape Cod – Lobster Mart Permit Approved


Enterprise – Joseph A. Vaudo is one step closer to returning to the seafood business.

The Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, September 8, voted 6-0 to approve a special permit for a 5,850-square-foot building on Gallo Road which would be used for wholesale and retail seafood sales, as well as for related seafood processing.

Mr. Vaudo did not attend the ZBA meeting. G-Four LLC of Sagamore Beach, a company associated with the Gallo family of Bourne, applied for the special permit. The proposed building would be built by Gallo Construction on Gallo land next to the Pilot House restaurant, which is also on Gallo land.

The Gallos plan to lease the building to Mr. Vaudo, a Sandwich resident and longtime fish and lobster dealer. Mr. Vaudo left the seafood business late last year after the state stripped him of his license.

Just when I thought I was out, they suck me back in! I was minding my own business, working on a new project, thinking The Real Cape had seen its last day… and then this. I’ve bit my tongue while the people of Cape Cod tried to save the lives of man eating sharks, I’ve bit my tongue through the demolition of homeless tent cities in Hyannis, but this? I can not bite my tongue and sit idly by as the people of Cape Cod get the Cosby treatment from Joe Vaudo.

Let’s start by refreshing everyone’s memory with a timeline shall we?

  • April 4, 2014 – Joe Vaudo of Joe’s Lobster Mart pleads guilty to receiving stolen property, willfully misleading police during an investigation and failure or refusal to file required statistical reports of wholesale and retail dealers. Ordered to pay $6,250 in fines, permit and licensing hearings scheduled.
  • October 4, 2014 – The state Department of Public Health issues a cease and desist order and a decision to revoke the fish dealer’s licenses to buy and sell fish, prompted by his March conviction for receiving stolen oysters.
  • October 7, 2014 – John Kiernan, an attorney for Joseph Vaudo, the shop’s owner, filed for and received a temporary restraining order allowing the shop to remain open.

Joe screwed over his community on a myriad of levels. Honest hard working people are working their ass off to provide him with the shellfish that he sells to other honest hard working people under the pretense that he is buying them from the honest hard working people in the first place. Instead he bought unregulated, stolen crap that, not only did he get at a discount that he didn’t pass on to the consumer, he got them from a guy who stole them directly from hard working Cape Codders, Joe also posed a health risk to the people of this community since the shellfish were never inspected. In essence Joe Vaudo had a vertical monopoly on fucking over Cape Codders, he was fleecing us at every link in the chain, from farm to table if you will.

  • Octover 17, 2014 – The staggering scope of the fleecing of Cape Cod and the taking of livelihoods is released: Michael A. Trudeau, first assistant district attorney for the Cape and Islands, ticked off the thefts:• 9,000 oysters on June 15 from two private grants and a grant owned by the Town of Dennis
    • 12,000 oysters on July 19 from a private grant
    • Oysters worth between $7,000 and $10,000 on July 23 from a private grant
    • 3,000 oysters on July 29 from a Town of Barnstable grantMr. Bryant proceeded to acknowledge to Judge Gary A. Nickerson, who was hearing his change of plea to guilty, that he had stolen the oysters.“So on all these times when you stole the oysters, what did you do with the oysters?” Judge Nickerson asked.“I sold them, sir.”“Where?”“To Joe’s Fish Market.”“On all the various occasions?”

    “Yes, sir.”

Remember, this is just what we know about. One can only imagine the amount of pilfering this guy was a part of over 35 years. Joe Vaudo stole the livelihood of Cape Codders, they could have been, and might as well have been your brothers, fathers, daughters, he stole from all of us. He was caught red handed, and so far in our timeline he has been allowed to continuously operate his lucrative business during the busiest six months of the year. In other words, Joe has yet to be punished for his crimes.

  • October 23, 2014 – Joe’s Lobster Mart given two weeks to sell off the lobster, fish and other stock before closing the doors giving the business a date of 12/7/14 to stop operating.Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connors denied owner Joseph Vaudo’s request for a preliminary injunction against the state Department of Public Health, which revoked Vaudo’s licenses to sell fish and shellfish at the Cape Cod Canal warehouse.
  • December 9, 2014 – Joe’s Lobster Mart is reopening under new ownership. The long-time general manager of Joe’s Lobster Mart, is sub-leasing the building from Joseph Vaudo and has received permission from the state Department of Public Health to reopen…Thayer declined to comment on the specifics of the business deal between himself and Vaudo, except to say that his long-time boss would have no role in the day-to-day operation of the business. Vaudo, who leased the property from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is essentially Thayer’s landlord.

TWO DAYS. Joe’s was closed for two days and then this. If you believe that Joe Vaudo handed over his business, name, all of his equipment and infrastructure to this guy and he only received rent for the building in return then you are a certified moron. There is no chance that the deal between these two was for a lease based on fair market value of the square footage of the building only. Joe got the lions share of the profits, I’d bet my life on it.

Joe Vaudo was convicted of crimes. What he did undermined an industry that is sacred on this peninsula. His punishment was handed down and it was that his seafood business was supposed to cease to exist. That was the decided upon punishment, whether you agree with it or not. With this bullshit deal between these two he was not forced to lose anything. NOTHING. Joe Vaudo circumvented the law in a blatant fashion and continued to profit from the industry he fucked over when it was deemed that he should no longer have that right. Simple as that.

  • May 09, 2014 – Joseph Vaudo is finished as a Planning Board member, ousted by the write-in campaign of Robert King. He had been running unopposed for the three-year seat until last week, when King decided to launch a write-in campaign. King easily outdistanced Vaudo 1,212 to 604. 

All seems right with the world, the people have spoken, the public backlash has cost Vaudo his seat on the Planning Board. The Corps of Engineers will finally not renew the lease for Joe’s Lobster Mart at the end of the summer in 2015. It’s a long time coming, but maybe Joe will suffer some consequences for his actions after all.

  • May 20, 2015  Joseph A. Vaudo, who lost his seat on the Sandwich Planning Board following a guilty plea in a criminal stolen oyster case, has returned to that board. Mr. Vaudo, who lives on Route 6A, won a three-year term on the board with 38 write-in ballots in the Thursday, May 7, town election, according to the town clerk’s office.

In one of the sneakiest moves in election history, Joe doesn’t add his name to the ballot knowing that people will actively vote against him, but knowing there is nobody running he gets 38 people behind the scenes to write his name in. Essentially, not unlike the shellfish he sells, Joe Vaudo steals the election. Even the chairman of the committee said he should have been unseated because of the circumstances. The greatest move the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

This brings us to the current date. The very planning board that Joe got himself back on has just OK’d a brand new building for him to operate in the same industry he completely undermined. ONE WEEK after Joe’s Lobster Mart finally closed its doors, Joe has a brand new, bigger and better building going up. If you are keeping count, Joe’s entire punishment for buying and selling tens of thousands of pounds of stolen shellfish has been $6,250 and just a handful of days without his business being open. Now that is a fleecing of the system and the people that is so impressive and devious that you almost have to respect it.

Most people would go to jail for buying or selling stolen goods worth that much money. The guy who stole them did go to jail as a matter of fact. Joe, by moving around some names, doing a little paperwork, and staying one step ahead of the system, has managed to not only keep his business open throughout this ordeal, but will actually end up in a better position because of it.

Where is the justice? What about the men and women that had their entire years crops taken from them? What about the other shellfishermen that struggled with their mortgage because they were forced to compete with stolen prices? What about the unknowing residents that were not only put in danger, but became unwitting accomplices to a dastardly criminal operation they would never support on purpose? Where is the justice for all of the people Joe hurt?

Unfortunately it seems that once again, money, deception, cronyism, smoke and mirrors will always win. If I thought it would make any difference I would say the people of Sandwich should fight back. They should truly boycott Joe’s. They should be absolutely sure to show up at any hearing, vote in every election, tell a member of the Gallo family how disappointed they are in them for getting in bed with a cancer on their community, maybe tell the people of Sandwich they should write letters or put a sign in their yard expressing their anger.

The problem is that the honest, hard working people getting fleeced don’t have the time to worry about Joe, nor do they have the extra resources to fight the process. The Joe Vaudo’s will always win. Money, deception, cronyism, smoke and mirrors will always win. Sleep tight Cape Cod.

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Today Is The Day Cape Cod, Let’s Make Some History

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We are ready. Are you? Today is going to go down in Cape Cod history.

The Real Cape Music Festival is today at The Cape Cod Fairgrounds. Two huge custom stages, 13 bands, food, beer, wine, the areas best vendors, adult games, a separate kids area with all kinds of activities, live art and more!

Parking lots open at 11 a.m. Gates open at noon and the music starts at 12:30. Tickets are available at the door. Feel free to bring chairs and blankets. Come one, come all, today is going to be one we talk about for the rest of our lives.

Sneak peek at the crew setting up…




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We’ve Added A Third Stage With 5 More Bands To The Real Cape Music Festival

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As if two stages with eight bands aren’t enough music for one day at The Real Cape Music Festival, we’ve now added a third busking stage with five more bands to play during the breaks and make sure the music doesn’t stop for a moment. The Lineup for the busking stage is…

  • Mike Machaby Trio
  • Brady Signs
  • Better off Dead
  • Brendan Princi
  • The Silent Trees

Posting here at The Real Cape will be limited for the rest of the week. We’ve already started construction at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds and we will be posting photos and updates of the progress as well as some more surprise announcements. It’s taking us all week to get ready this year because this event is so big we couldn’t hold it at the Main Stage of the Fairgrounds, we needed to bring in some huge festival stages and use a much larger field than the one where concerts are usual concerts held.

The new bigger concert area is coming together nicely. Don’t forget we will have the Kidsville area on the grounds (but separated from the partying area) with everything from face painting to an interactive stage where kids can play provided instruments to get in the musical spirit. For the kid in all of you adults we’ve also added some backyard type games near the beer and wine vendors. We’ve got Kan Jam, Cornhole and Giant Beer Pong in strategic locations.

There will also be a giant wall where Wellfleet artist Andrew Jacob will be painting live, as well as a giant Real Cape sign with 8′ tall lettering that we will be using as our festival guest book to give all of you festival goers a chance to sign your names, write a poem or leave a love letter for Insane Tony.

We will be publishing a huge list of food vendors, retail kiosks and other attractions in the next few days. Folks, we can’t stress enough just how huge and action packed this festival will be. Trust us when we say that you do not want to miss this. The weather looks perfect so there is no excuse to not come party with thousands of the most fun loving people on Cape Cod. This event will be talked about for months to follow, don’t be the only one of your friends to miss out on the conversation.

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Introducing The Real Cape Music Festival Site Map

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Here it is folks, the layout for The Real Cape Music Festival this Saturday. When we said we were going bigger we meant it. Bigger field, two custom stages, vendors galore, kids activities, games, etc. etc. Make sure to check out the layout and note that we are using a different entrance into the Fairgrounds this year.

Stay tuned because we have all sorts of other surprises we will be announcing all week. Remember to get your tickets in advance before the price goes up. Don’t be the only one of your friends to miss the biggest thing Cape Cod has seen since the glacier that formed it. The weather looks perfect and we start construction today!

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You Could Win A Real Cape Shaped Vec Surfboard At The Real Cape Music Festival


Bonzai and I had the pleasure of shaping a board with Shawn Vecchione of Vec Surfboards. Great guy and an even better surfboard shaper. Well, we decided the best thing to do with it is to auction it off at The Real Cape Music Festival this Saturday with the proceeds going to a shark research charity.

Vec will have a booth at the fest with some examples of his killer boards as well as tickets for the raffle. What an amazing opportunity to win a work of art shaped by the hands of Hippie himself (Myself? Sorry got carried away and referred to myself in the 3rd person). The board is a 9’2″ classic and I happen to know that it was made with some extra love.

So while you’re wandering around all the amazing booths at the festival, make sure to go say hi to Shawn, check out some of his creations, and get in on the raffle for a chance to own a piece of both Real Cape, and surfing history.

P.S. Don’t worry, Bonzai and I rough shaped it for like 5 minutes and then Shawn did all the actual work.

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Wareham Coming In Hot As The 11th Worst Place To live In Massachusetts

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RS – In order to rank the worst places to live in Massachusetts, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, great weather, things to do and a stable economy.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, asked for the opposite of those, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

In all fairness these lists are all totally subjective. They used a very specific list of factors that may not be important to some people. If you don’t care about crime or education and judge places more on the availability of crack, the amount of $5,000 rims on $2,000 cars, working payphones and number of jorts per capita, then Wareham would be way higher on your list. It’s all just a matter of priorities and preference really.

P.S. I had to Google Ware, it’s smack dab in the middle of the state right between Worcester and Springfield, has only 6,000 people, and is the 6th worst place to live in Mass. No joke, that sounds like absolute hell on earth. Wareham minus the ham.

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This Dude Swam From Yarmouth To Nantucket


CC – A swimmer made it 25 miles across Nantucket Sound Friday in just over 12 hours to raise money for cancer programs on Nantucket.

Grant Wentworth, 28, raised $134,000 so Nantucket Cottage Hospital can bring an oncologist to the island from Massachusetts General Hospital each week.

The New York man began the swim from Yarmouth to Nantucket around 4 a.m. from Seagull Beach in Yarmouth and arrived on the island just before 4:30 p.m Friday.

According to Swim Across America’s Facebook page, Wentworth is only the second person to ever swim across Nantucket Sound and the first to do it originating on Cape Cod.

Now here is a guy who did things right. We didn’t hear one word about this until he did it. There are so many of these people we read about for weeks, even months before their attempts to do something outrageous, and then they fail. This guy just quietly went about doing something that has never been done before. Credit where credit is due.

Can you even fathom swimming for 12 hours straight?  I don’t think I could even stand for 12 hours straight. Dude saved himself some money on ferry tickets though. Kudos to Grant, not only was he humble, but he made it AND the island got an oncologist out of the deal. That’s almost enough to forgive him for being from New York… almost. All I know is it’s a good thing there aren’t any rotaries in Nantucket Sound or else he never would have made it.

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