Vacant Downtown Businesses Cause of Concern in Oak Bluffs

As the summer season comes to a close, business owners in Oak Bluffs begin to reflect on the season, its successes and failures. And they start to plan for next season.

Representatives of town government and the Oak Bluffs Association have also begun a discussion of the summer’s economic performance.

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Continued Deferrals Over Circuit Avenue Lot Raises Ire of Owner

A months-long dispute between the Oak Bluffs selectmen and a Circuit avenue businessman came to a head this week when the owner of an unbuilt lot at 16 Circuit avenue saw fresh opposition to his latest proposal for a business venture.

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Oak Bluffs Considers Banning Food Trucks in Downtown Area

Food trucks likely will never be permitted in downtown Oak Bluffs, according to draft regulations presented at a public reading at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting. At the well-attended meeting, the public and the selectmen spoke out passionately on both sides of the issue — in support of the allowance of food trucks in the downtown area, or in opposition.

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Dinner at the Pier: Fishing Dock Planned for Oak Bluffs

The northern most part of Oak Bluffs sticks into Nantucket Sound like a big thumb. There is a swift current moving in the waters off East Chop Beach Club and the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority wharf. Swimming in this current are many kinds of fish, large and small. It is a fish highway, with schools of bait crisscrossing the water.

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After Years of Uncertainty, Oak Bluffs Eyes Financial Stability

After years of financial struggles, Oak Bluffs is poised to make up a $600,000 deficit in free cash by the end of June, town administrator Robert Whritenour announced to the selectmen last week. “If we only collect [the same revenue in June] as we collected last June . . . we will meet that goal,” of “wiping out” the deficit, Mr. Whritenour said.

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Oak Bluffs Narrowly Defeats Marijuana Dispensary Moratorium

Oak Bluffs voters came out in favor of making the annual shark tournament catch- and-release only, narrowly turned down a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and approved extensive repairs for town roads at a lengthy annual town meeting Tuesday.

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Town Seeks Temporary Marijuana Moratorium

Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday agreed to pursue a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, giving the town time until regulations are handed down by the state Department of Public Health and Island towns can work together to decide how to handle the issue.

The selectmen agreed to have town administrator Robert Whritenour draft town meeting articles calling for a moratorium and a public consumption bylaw, which the selectmen will look at during their next meeting on Feb. 26.

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Have a Question in Oak Bluffs? Ask Cee-Jay Jones

The little information booth sits in downtown Oak Bluffs, an ornate yellow and red axis around which the machinery of summer seems to rotate. At 9 a.m. on a July Saturday morning, the breeze moves through the booth window and out the open door. Laced with buttered popcorn and the whine of passing mopeds, it carries the smells and sounds of a resort town at the height of the season.

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Conservation Commission Says Yes to Fishing Pier

A dedicated fishing pier off of the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs has cleared its final local hurdle.

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No Hurt, No Blues, No Service in Oak Bluffs

The first two tumultuous nights of the Oak Bluffs town meeting are over, and despite some frayed nerves, the town has an approved budget for next year. Voters ratified a balanced budget in the amount of $24.7 million.

But that is only because at the town election last Thursday they rejected 11 of 12 Proposition 2 1/2 override articles, totaling some $650,000.

The result will mean no pay increases for the fire department, more than $200,000 cuts in road maintenance and improvements and no lifeguards at town beaches for the second summer in a row.

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