Draft Legislation on Boat Line Break-Up Prompts Furor and Charges of Bad Faith
Julia Wells

Draft Legislation on Boat Line Break-Up Prompts Furor and Charges of Bad Faith

By JULIA WELLS and ALEXIS TONTI

An underground group that wants Nantucket to break away from the Steamship Authority is now circulating draft legislation on Beacon Hill to establish a commission to study splitting the public boat line in two.

The group is led by Nantucket SSA governor Grace Grossman, a well-entrenched Democrat with powerful connections in the state house.

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Steamship Authority at a Crossroads; Dramatic meetings on Two Islands
Julia Wells

Nantucket Launches Study

By JULIA WELLS

Marking a painful new chapter in the checkered history of the Steamship Authority, the people of Nantucket voted, without dissent, at a public meeting this week to launch a formal study of whether to secede from the boat line which has been their lifeline for over four decades.

The study will be privately funded and led by a private group that was spearheaded by Nantucket SSA governor Grace Grossman and port council member Flint Ranney.

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SSA Leaders Pick up the Telephone: Fixing the Phones
Julia Wells

Interim Director of SSA Says Boat Line Will Work First to Fix Reservations System

By JULIA WELLS

The improvements started yesterday.

This was the word from Steamship Authority acting general manager Wayne Lamson, who said an array of changes are now under way aimed at improving the telephone reservations system at the boat line. The improvements include a change in operating hours at the central reservations bureau in Mashpee, and a number of changes in the automated telephone answering system.

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MVC Powers Eyed by Court
Julia Wells

MVC Powers Eyed by Court

Did the Commission Correctly Act in Refusing Gas Station? Is There ‘Tunnel Vision'? Judge Will Decide

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

The unique power of the Martha's Vineyard Commission to hear evidence, weigh facts and use judgment in deciding whether to approve or deny development projects went on trial last week in the Tisbury Fuel Services case, which will now go to a superior court judge for a decision.

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Ferry Riders Learn to Measure SUVs, and Caution Boat Line on Marketing
Julia Wells

Sixteen Feet Is the Magic Length for Determining Extra Ferry Fee

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

New Year's note to travelers who drive their cars on Steamship Authority ferries: Do you know how long your automobile is?

If not, and the car is longer than 16 feet - welcome to 2004, and please get out your wallet.

New rules went into effect at the boat line on Jan. 1, among them a rule that imposes an extra fee on cars and trucks that are over 16 feet in length.

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Caroline B. Kennedy Files Land Plan to Create Limited Family Subdivision
Julia Wells
Caroline B. Kennedy yesterday filed a family subdivision plan to create six building lots on the stunningly beautiful and secluded 375-acre property in the township of Aquinnah that she inherited from her mother, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
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Hospital Drive Gathers Steam
Julia Wells

Hospital Drive Gathers Steam

$42 Million Capital Campaign Surpasses $30 Million Mark; Leaders Say Islanders Key to Completing Project

By JULIA WELLS

Less than six months after launching the largest capital campaign in the history of the Vineyard, Martha's Vineyard Hospital trustees announced this week that the drive to raise $42 million to build a new hospital has exceeded the $30 million mark.

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Anthony J. Rebello Dies at Age 71
Julia Wells

Anthony J. (Tubby) Rebello, a well-known Oak Bluffs politician, former selectman, town moderator, businessman and family man, died on Dec. 5 after battling Alzheimer's disease for a number of years. He was 71.

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Boat Line Governors Approve Rate Hikes
Julia Wells

Boat Line Governors Approve Rate Hikes

By JULIA WELLS

Citing an unyielding trend of flat car and passenger traffic on ferries to both Islands topped by the high cost of fuel, the Steamship Authority board of governors voted yesterday to approve across-the-board rate hikes aimed at collecting an additional $4 million in revenue next year.

Beginning Jan. 1 Vineyard residents of all stripes will pay more to travel on boat line ferries. Nantucket residents will see a combination of fare hikes and reduced service.

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Hot Tin Roof Under Agreement for Sale to Rosenthal Brothers
Julia Wells

Hot Tin Roof Under Agreement for Sale to Rosenthal Brothers

By JULIA WELLS

The Hot Tin Roof, the 26-year-old Vineyard nightclub that has weathered the bumps of age alongside the baby-boomers who were its first patrons in 1979, is slated to be sold to new owners before the end of the year.

Barry Rosenthal, a West Tisbury resident and marketing and communications executive who is president of B/R Creative, has signed an agreement to buy the Roof along with his brother, Dr. Arthur Rosenthal, a Ph.D. scientist who lives in the Boston area.

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