Editors, Vineyard Gazette:
In light of the coverage of Oak Bluffs' commercial district, I believe attention needs to be paid to the Friends of Oak Bluffs. This grassroots organization has done outstanding work improving the appearance of the town and making it a hospitable destination. As a new business owner in Oak Bluffs, I was surprised to learn that only 10 per cent of the town’s enterprises have committed an annual pledge to the Friends of Oak Bluffs. If this group has accomplished so much with only 10 per cent support, imagine the impact they could have at 90 per cent or above. While there are infrastructure issues that will require administrative solutions, increased support of the Friends of Oak Bluffs is an excellent first step toward improving the fortunes of the town.
The writer owns Island Images Gallery in Oak Bluffs.