To the Editor:
As an elected member of the Oak Bluffs planning board, I take issue with Mike Bellissimo’s long-winded letter regarding an Oak Bluffs planning board member and the issue of affordable housing on the Island. My main gripe is the way he characterizes West Tisbury. He champions the ideas of democracy, community, and “the good people of West Tisbury, who have good sense.”
As I pointed out in this forum on his last letter, the exclusive beach policies of his town at Lambert’s Cove Beach, a town park, are the antithesis of these things. It’s not that the general public isn’t allowed to walk, bus, or cycle to the beach, it’s that the good people of West Tisbury want to stand on the moral high ground of community only when it benefits them. We can’t have an honest conversation about the regional needs on the Island without addressing the issue of beach access. Silence is my validation, end beach apartheid.