Changing North Bluff Project Becomes Point of Controversy
Steve Myrick

A $5.6 million project to restore the crumbling North Bluff coastal bank is set to come before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

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Selectmen Try to Cool Heat Over Sengie Scallop Closure
Steve Myrick

Selectmen this week tried to broker a compromise solution in a heated dispute among town shellfishermen over the closing of Sengekontacket Pond to bay scalloping on the Oak Bluffs side.

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North Bluff Bid Process Questioned
Steve Myrick
Oak Bluffs selectmen reversed a decision made two weeks earlier and voted unanimously to reject all bids to restore the failing North Bluff coastal bank and seawall after a protest from one of the companies which bid on the project.
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Summer Taxpayers Air Concerns With Oak Bluffs Selectmen
Steve Myrick

Issues included parking in residential neighborhoods, beginning with an increase in commercial vehicles parked off Pacific avenue. Selectmen listened and responded.

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Oak Bluffs Selectmen Sign Off on Center for Living Agreement
Steve Myrick

Oak Bluffs selectmen, against the recommendation of a majority of the financial advisory committee, voted last week to become the sixth and final Island town to sign off on an intermunicipal agreement that sets up oversight of the Center for Living.

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Oak Bluffs Selectmen Balk at Center for Living Agreement
Steve Myrick

Oak Bluffs selectmen agreed this week to sign an intermunicipal agreement that will allow the county to buy a building to house the Center for Living, but they balked at a second agreement that would establish oversight of the nonprofit organization’s programs for elderly Islanders.

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Selectmen Races Shaping Up
Ivy Ashe

Voters in at least two Island towns will see contested races for town selectmen when they head to the ballot box this April. Races are shaping up in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, two of four Island towns that finalize their annual town election ballots this week. Others towns have no contested races.

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Selectmen Allow Oyster Farm off Eastville
Olivia Hull

The 4-1 vote clears the way for brothers Greg and Dan Martino to begin a pioneering aquaculture venture. There were complaints from abutters and concerns about navigation, but the town strongly backed the project as a boost to the shellfishery.

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Oak Bluffs Looks to Recover Parking Mitigation Fees
Olivia Hull

Oak Bluffs is working to recover payments owed to the town for parking mitigation following the discovery of lapse in collections for the account.

A town bylaw in effect since 2004 allows B1 businesses to pay into an account in lieu of providing the required off-street parking spaces for their customers.

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Ritz Cafe Opens Again With New Owners
Olivia Hull

The popular Circuit avenue tavern is undergoing renovations following a change in ownership. The new owners are Larkin and Jacqueline Stallings, longtime seasonal residents.

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