County License Plate Fund Shortchanges Tourism
Steve Myrick
Dukes County has taken in more than $1 million from Cape and Islands license plates. But the county has spent less than half that on economic development and tourism, as required by law.
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County Budget Includes Money to Battle Substance Abuse
Steve Myrick

A $1.9 million county budget for the coming fiscal year will include a modest expenditure to battle substance abuse disorders on the Vineyard.

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Ailing Edgartown Courthouse Set for Upgrade
Steve Myrick

Prodded by a superior court judge, the Dukes County commission this week approved funds to restore wheelchair access to the courthouse.

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Minimum Wage Increase by County Stalls Negotiations With Trustees
Steve Myrick
A county resolution setting $15 minimum wage for contractors complicates an agreement with The Trustees of Reservations to manage Norton Point Beach.
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County Commissioners Voice Concern Over Heroin Epidemic
Steve Myrick

Escalating concern about the heroin epidemic, and how the Island is dealing with support for addicts and their families, was discussed.

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In Report to County, Airport Chairman Offers Upbeat Outlook
Steve Myrick

Dukes county commissioners applauded airport commission chairman Myron Garfinkle during their meeting Wednesday evening, after Mr. Garfinkle offered a rosy progress report.

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Airport Manager's Tenure Marked by Controversy from the Start
Julia Wells

It was a 10-year tenure that began and ended in controversy, with enough plot twists in the middle to fill a Victorian novel. Sean Flynn, then acting manager, was named manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport in December 2005.

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County Moves Ahead to Buy Former VNA Building
Steve Myrick

A new home for the Center for Living is a step closer to reality, after the Dukes County Commission voted last week to borrow money to buy the former Vineyard Nursing Association building.

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In Latest Skirmish With Airport, County Responds to Open Meeting Law Complaint
Steve Myrick

At a special meeting marked by bitter acrimony Thursday, county commissioners recast their controversial votes from last month when they ousted two airport commissioners and appointed three new ones.

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County Issues Blunt Response on Airport Appointments
Steve Myrick

Reacting this week to a letter from a leading state aviation official questioning their recent choice of appointments to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission, Dukes County commissioners said they stand behind the appointments.

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