Human Error Caused Sinking of Tisbury Fire Boat
Louisa Hufstader
The Tisbury harbor master’s fire patrol boat sank at its Owen Park slip in an early October storm because a deck hatch was left unsecured, according to a loss and damage survey.
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Eyeing a New School, Tisbury Airs Education Plan
Louisa Hufstader
The Tisbury School needs more than classrooms to properly educate and care for children, school committee member Mike Watts told town selectmen.
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Tisbury Eyes Added Revenue From Rental Registrations
Louisa Hufstader
Tisbury could reap hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from short-term rental property registrations that became mandatory when the state passed its short-term rental tax last year.
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Future of Vineyard Haven Harbor Inspires Public Debate
Peter Savodnik

Carmel Gamble glared at the chain-link fence surrounding the beachfront lot next door to her Vineyard Haven cottage. “This is not the Vineyard Haven I knew,” said Miss Gamble, a veterinary technician and self-described “clown on sabbatical” who returned to Martha’s Vineyard two years ago after five years in Hawaii. “But this ugly steel chain-link fence, I mean, what we love about the Vineyard is that it’s beautiful. That’s why people come here,” she said.

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Tisbury Looks to Commission As Way to Protect Its Harbor
Ethan Kelley

The Tisbury board of selectmen took the first step this week toward regulating activity in Vineyard Haven harbor by placing a proposal on the table to nominate the waterway as a District of Critical Planning Concern (DCPC).

If the plan moves forward, much of the harbor could be designated by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission as a resource to be protected, beginning a process of establishing development guidelines for the area.

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Tisbury Town Officials Weigh Nomination of Harbor District
Ethan Kelley

Tisbury officials this week wrestled with whether the town should establish a district of critical planning concern (DCPC) for Vineyard Haven harbor, an area that currently has a detailed zoning plan for the shore but no controls for the water.

At a meeting Tuesday night session with the town planning board, members of the board of selectmen explained their rationale for considering a DCPC -- a Martha’s Vineyard Commission overlay planning district -- as a mechanism for regulating activities on the harbor.

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Tisbury Nominated Harbor for DCPC
Bryan Chambala

In an effort to regain control of their waterfront, Tisbury selectmen voted Tuesday evening to nominate Vineyard Haven harbor as a district of critical planning concern. The nomination will be considered by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.

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Tisbury, Town Employees Sign Union Contract
Louisa Hufstader

More than 50 Tisbury employees who belong to the town’s general union are working under a new contract that was signed last week, nearly four months after the previous three-year agreement expired June 30.

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Tisbury Hears New Marine Terminal Plans
Louisa Hufstader
Tisbury selectmen got their first look Tuesday at what could be the future of Packer’s marine terminal on Beach Road as a support terminal for an offshore wind farm planned for waters south of the Island.
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Selectmen to Discuss Possible Purchase of Stone Bank
Louisa Hufstader

Tisbury selectmen will go behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the possible purchase of the historic stone bank on Main street Vineyard Haven. Owned by Santander, the property is for sale.

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