Lights coming soon to North Bluff


The holiday weekend started early for Oak Bluffs selectmen as they breezed through a relatively light agenda at their regular meeting on Tuesday night.

Selectmen unanimously agreed that the five new streetlights, on the new sidewalk that parallels the new seawall and boardwalk, will be the “shepherd’s crook” style, similar to the streetlights on the new Lagoon Bridge but not as tall.

Selectmen also voted for solar low-level lighting, the same lighting as on the fishing pier, for the new North Bluff boardwalk.

Selectmen unanimously approved retail licenses for two new businesses.

Nya Clarke will be opening Island Life Studios at Dockside Marina, where she will sell women’s beachwear and art by local artists. She plans to open June 15.

Ryan Shea and business partner Nick Peters will open a store at 28 Lake Avenue to sell merchandise, and only merchandise, relating to their new business, Martha’s Vineyard Distilling Co.

With FY16 winding down, town administrator Robert Whritenour doled out good financial news, telling the board that only 80 percent of the allocated general fund has been spent, while local revenue collections are up $400,000 from this time last year, which was a record year.

Mr. Whritenour also announced that there are two openings on town boards, one on the planning board and one on the finance and advisory committee (FinCom). Anyone interested in either office should submit a letter of interest to Mr. Whritenour by end of day, Thursday, June 2. The board of selectmen and members of the respective boards will vote on the candidates.