Tour Groups, Fall Festivals Keep Shoulder Season Hopping
Louisa Hufstader
The days are shorter, the air is cooler and the kids are back in school — but this is still tourist season on Martha’s Vineyard, where fall is second only to summer as the Island’s busiest time.
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Summer Air Traffic Is Up on the Vineyard
Noah Asimow

Air traffic was up and detected levels of PFAS were down in and around the Martha’s Vineyard Airport in July.

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Chalking Tires Ruled Unconstitutional; Vineyard Says Not So Fast
Holly Pretsky
Police chiefs in the three down-Island towns had varying responses to the federal court ruling.
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Bane or Boon? With Parking Tickets It's A Matter of Perspective
Holly Pretsky

Parking tickets brought nearly $230,000 to Island towns in fiscal year 2018 according to data.

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Annual Exodus Is Martha's Vineyard Summer Goodbye
Landry Harlan

Long lines of cars and people stretched around the docks at both Steamship Authority terminals this weekend, signaling the end of summer.

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State Committee Hearing Focuses on Tourism
Olivia Hull

Boosting the shoulder season economy was one topic for discussion at the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development hearing Tuesday. The hearing was part of a statewide listening tour.

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Traveling On the Road to Resorthood
Tom Dunlop
It’s difficult to imagine today, but there was a time before resorthood on Martha’s Vineyard — a time before summer houses, before restaurants and shops and sportfishing and sailing.
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After Slow Start, Summer Tourism Numbers Hint at Rebound
Olivia Hull

Five years after the recession hit the national economy, anecdotal reports from Island businesses say the local economy is slowly creeping back to normal. Businesses are reporting slightly improved summer seasons, with higher traffic to the Island, especially in August.

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Cruises Will Make Frequent Stops in Edgartown This Summer
Sara Brown

Edgartown is slated to become a bustling cruise ship port this summer, with cruise ships scheduled to dock in town 22 times between May and September.

On Monday the selectmen distributed the American Cruise Lines’ Vineyard schedule, which shows that the company’s three vessels — Independence, American Star and American Glory — will be docking in Edgartown
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Island Economy Delivers Mixed Message on Tourism During Uncertain Season
Chris Burrell
Blame it on terrorism, the stock market tumble or the fine weather that kept tourists on their beach blankets and away from downtown shops. Whatever the reason, it's been a lackluster summer at the cash register for most, but not all, Island businesses.
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