Nature Means Millions to Oak Bluffs Economy
Louisa Hufstader

Coastal resources contribute roughly $1.5 million a year to the Oak Bluffs economy, according to a town-commissioned study unveiled last week.

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Spring Cleaning at the Beach: VCS Hosts Annual Earth Day Clean-Up
Alison L. Mead

Volunteers carrying large feed bags dotted the Island’s beaches Saturday as they collected trash for the Vineyard Conservation Society’s 24th annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup.

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Earth Day Continues with Volunteer Beach Clean-Up

On Saturday, April 30, the Vineyard Conservation Society hosts a cleanup day held at beaches all over the Island.

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To Ease Summer Traffic, Chilmark Changes Beach Permit Policy for Inns
Alex Elvin

Inn owners will pay more this summer for their patrons to visit Chilmark beaches as the town institutes several changes aimed at easing summer traffic at Lucy Vincent Beach.

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Chilmark Considers Change in Beach Permits for Inns
Alex Elvin

Summer doesn’t officially begin for another 135 days, but Chilmark officials are already preparing for the heavy traffic that clogged the parking lot at Lucy Vincent Beach last July and August.

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Chappy Beaches Closed to Vehicles After Storm

An early November storm last weekend left behind severe erosion on Chappaquiddick beaches. The Trustees of Reservations have temporarily closed all beaches on the Island to over-sand vehicle traffic.

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High Surf, Rip Current Warning in Effect Wednesday
Sara Brown

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory Wednesday for high surf and a high risk of dangerous rip currents along ocean beaches on the south coast of the Vineyard.

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Concern About Emergency Access to Private Beaches in Aquinnah
Remy Tumin

With the summer season approaching, the town of Aquinnah is looking to better emergency access to Squibnocket Pond after a recent incident left responders with few options.

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New State Regulations Could Mean Fewer Beach Closures
Olivia Hull

Fewer beach closures are expected this summer due to changes in state regulations governing swimming safety. Under the new rules, water samples will have to show high bacteria counts on two consecutive days before a beach is closed.

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Town Will Remove Poor-Quality Sand from Inkwell Beach
Olivia Hull

Following an outpouring of criticism, selectmen announced Tuesday that the dredge spoils deposited at Inkwell this spring will come off before summer. A small group of protesters had picketed at the site one day earlier.

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