Real Estate Boom Persists, Breaking More Records
As 2021 nears an end, the frenzied, record-shattering Martha’s Vineyard real estate market shows few signs of slowing, with prices in the stratosphere and inventory at a low ebb.
Read More

West Tisbury Cell Tower Expansion Clears MVC
A cell tower expansion in West Tisbury got a provisional green light from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission last week after a lengthy public hearing process.
Read More

MVC, Lampost Owner Clash Over Apartment Rentals
In a hostile standoff with the commission over whether renting out restricted workforce housing as short-term summer rentals violates a condition attached to a prior approval, the owner of the Lampost said he is not out of compliance.
Read More

Covid Cases Spike Sharply Upward on Island
Covid-19 cases on the Vineyard spiked sharply upward last week, with Island boards of health reporting 76 confirmed cases over a seven-day period from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. Another 19 cases were reported for Sunday and Monday.
Read More

Wastewater Is Sticking Point in Shearer Cottage Expansion Plan
Expansion plans for the historic Shearer Cottage in Oak Bluffs remain undecided, as longtime family owners attempt to balance a need for economic survival with environmental impacts.
Read More

Chilmark Bylaw Has Seen Few Negative Impacts
In April 2013 an overflow crowd packed the Chilmark annual town meeting to cast a historic vote on what by then had been dubbed the big-house bylaw, a zoning bylaw aimed at regulating a perceived trend of super-sized homes.
Read More

Covid Cases Inch Upward Slightly
Covid-19 case counts on Martha’s Vineyard continued to see a slight upward trend last week, with 19 confirmed positive cases reported by the Island boards of health in their weekly report issued Monday.
Read More

Laurence Mercier, Former Edgartown Selectman, Dies at 81
Laurence A. Mercier, a former longtime Edgartown businessman and town official who was widely respected for his civic-minded nature, died at home on Sunday. He was 81. A son of Edgartown, he had worn many hats through the years.
Read More

Tribe Makes Bid for State Gaming License
With construction of a bingo hall in Aquinnah on indefinite hold, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has petitioned Gov. Charlie Baker to enter into formal negotiations for a full gaming license, including mobile sports betting.
Read More

Appeals Court Reverses Ruling in Harbor View Case
A new legal chapter opened this week in the tangled, long-running litigation between the Harbor View Hotel and a group of neighbors.
Read More

Pages