Smudges at the Inkwell; Dogs, Trash Pile-Up Raise Concerns

The water isn’t the only thing heating up midsummer in Oak Bluffs. At a Tuesday meeting of the town selectmen, residents held passionate debates about the new lifeguard force at Inkwell Beach and parking safety in the North Bluff neighborhood.

Plan to Refurbish Beach Stirs Emotion

Plan to Refurbish Beach Stirs Emotion

By JEANNIE VANASCO

Thomas Wirth unrolled a map mounted on two poles and planted them in the sand on Inkwell beach in Oak Bluffs last Thursday morning. Mr. Wirth, who worked as the landscape architect for the PBS programs This Old House and Victory Garden for 20 years, has drafted a design concept for this section of waterfront, in conjunction with the Oak Bluffs Boardwalk to Beach Task Force.

Plan to Refurbish Beach Stirs Emotion

Plan to Refurbish Beach Stirs Emotion

By JEANNIE VANASCO

Thomas Wirth unrolled a map mounted on two poles and planted them in the sand on Inkwell beach in Oak Bluffs last Thursday morning. Mr. Wirth, who worked as the landscape architect for the PBS programs This Old House and Victory Garden for 20 years, has drafted a design concept for this section of waterfront, in conjunction with the Oak Bluffs Boardwalk to Beach Task Force.

Starved, Needing More Sand: Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs

The Inkwell Beach is a symbol of pride for many Islanders, especially African Americans, whose families have visited this stretch of sand for generations.

The beach - which is no longer than a football field and bookmarked on both sides by jetties - does not have the royal vistas of Lucy Vincent or the commercial appeal of South Beach.

Dogs Would Be Off the Fields Under Rules

The Oak Bluffs parks commission on Monday reviewed draft rules for town parks and beaches that among other things would close parks at 10 p.m., prohibit flower picking and ban pets from playgrounds and baseball fields.

Authored by Nancy Phillips, chairman of the parks commission, the rules would apply to all town beaches and parks, including Ocean Park, Waban Park, Nashawena Park, Sunset Park, Veira Park, Inkwell Beach and the old pay beach.