Alliance chief tries new spin

The leader of a group at the forefront of a seven-year fight over the wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound will "transition" out of that position within a month.  Charles Vinick, president of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, said yesterday he would likely step down at the next meeting of the organization's board of directors.  "I'm not going to be president going forward," he said during a telephone interview.

Vinick also confirmed that for the past few months he provided consulting services for a California wind energy technology and development company.

The Alliance was formed to combat a proposal by Jim Gordon, president of Boston-based Cape Wind Associates LLC, to build 130 wind turbines on Horseshoe Shoal in the sound.  Over the years, the group has raised a wide array of concerns and millions of dollars in an effort to kill what Vinick has called an "industrial blight on the horizon."

...In 2006 Vinick, a former vice president of the Cousteau Society, made $203,099 as president of the Alliance, according to the nonprofit group's tax records.  Last year, Vinick handed off his role as chief executive officer to Glenn Wattley, an Osterville homeowner and former coal industry engineer and consultant...Click here to read this article in the Cape Cod Times