JUDGE: Joe’s Lobster Mart Has 14 Days To Clear Out Its Stock And Shut Down


CapeCodOnline.com – Joe’s Lobster Mart has less than two weeks to sell off the lobster, fish and other stock before closing the doors.

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.

In his decision, Connors found that Vaudo and his attorney failed to demonstrate likelihood they would be successful in appealing the state’s ruling to revoke the licenses.

The state Department of Public Health issued a notice of intent to revoke Vaudo’s licenses April 15, just a couple of weeks after he pleaded guilty in Barnstable District Court to charges of receiving stolen oysters and failing to keep proper shellfish records.

Ding, Dong, the witch is dead! Or at least its been given 14 days to live… until the appeal… whatever, it’s better than nothing. It looks like the thief’s testimony that this was not a “one time” incident has sealed Joe’s fate, and rightfully so.

For those of you who think Joe is getting a raw deal, I’ll just say this. Besides all of the moral and social codes he has broken and on top of the public health risk he created, the man facilitated grand larceny and bought tens of thousand of dollars of hard working Cape people’s stolen goods. If it had been cars or jewelry instead of oysters, the man would probably be going to jail.

There will be one more chapter in this saga when the appeal is heard, but until then stay strong and stay away from Joe’s. I don’t care what kind of fire sale they have, it is our duty as Cape Codders to let every last piece of fish sit there and rot for the next 14 days.

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Comments 4

  1. Wrong! The appeal to the Supreme Court could keep Joe's open for a year or more until a final decision is made. There are good workers there who are struggling to keep their job. So while it's easy to condemn Joe to closing down, do you even consider the workers? I have been there and they are scared about losing their jobs. Innocent people keeping their jobs is The Real Cape.

  2. Absolutely, let Joe continue to allegedly rob, pillage and potentially ptomaine the public, so that a few workers will keep their jobs. By your misdirected, so-called logic, we should allow the mafia to continue operating because if shut down, it will put hard working people out of work. Or maybe everyone should look the other way when it comes to drug suppliers because arresting them will put hard working dealers out of work. That’s the Real cape… In the future please THINK before posting. Thank you.

  3. Ernie T. Caterwauling Think before posting? That's a laugh. I kept to the facts, while you go off on a tirade of "rob, pillage, and potential ptomaine" while bringing in the mafia and drug dealers to this situation. THINK before writing nonfiction drama. Thank you.

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