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    Mooring inspections need updating

    Anyone with a mooring in town with a registered number of 500 or higher must file a new or updated inspection form at the town clerk’s office to get a mooring for 2014, or payment for it won’t be accepted, according to the town clerk’s office. Letters to people holding moorings were sent out in August, said Town Clerk Barbara Sullivan, to allow ample time to get them inspected. There are close to 1,000 moorings in Mattapoisett, said Harbormaster Jill R. Simmons, with a waiting list of a little less than 100 for smaller boats. For many years, moorings could be self-inspected by boat owners, but “I won’t permit that anymore; I’m putting a list on the town website of approved mooring inspectors,” said Simmons in a phone interview. Inspectors make sure the mooring’s chains are sound and of adequate length to hold a boat, and that the connections are secure, said Simmons, who was appointed harbormaster in July.