The Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) is the regional planning agency for Martha’s Vineyard Island and the Elizabeth Islands (together, comprising the County of Dukes County).
The mission of the MVC is twofold: (1.) To assist our region’s 7 towns (Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Gosnold, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, & West Tisbury) with planning expertise; and (2.) Protect and enhance the islands’ environment, economy, character, and social fabric.
This august committee has decided they should determine how many of us tourists can hop on board the island. This should be interesting.
In essence, some folks on the island are sure it, like Guam, is going to tip over and sink, because, shockingly, people want to enjoy the beaches, hotels, bars, and restaurants. They want to shop. They buy or rent houses seasonally. That is some breaking news.
But the commission, in their progressive wisdom, as reported by the Gazette, “confirmed this week that they are in discussion with the Army Corps research division in the hopes of undertaking the approximately $500,000 project. The study would holistically examine current infrastructure and potential buildout, showing how factors like wastewater, supply chain needs, energy use, erosion, housing and more will determine the eventual carrying capacity of the Vineyard.” The Gazette article refers to carrying capacity as “upper limits of growth”.
Hmmmmm, I interpret that to mean Barack and Michelle can have 500 people to a birthday party but if I have a family reunion for twenty, I could be told my group exceeds the carrying capacity?
You know the Chipster’s of the island, whose family has been summering since 1965, won’t be told they’re part of the capacity group. It’ll be Brenda and Robert, down from Brockton, on a much needed vacation from their hectic jobs, dying to sit on the beach and get some ice cream – they’ll be told, sorry no, MVY is closed today.
The whole concept seems insane to me – the commission will find $500k, do a study, then say, gee, ya know what, maybe it’s unconstitutional to determine an upper limit of growth. Seems illegal to me, and almost as funny as the old Candid Camera episode, located at the border of Pennsylvania and Delaware in Centreville, with a person who told drivers that Delaware is Closed today. I can’t find that particular Candid Camera episode, but here’s a generic classic Allen Funt. They are sill funny today!