The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank announced on Tuesday that it had significantly expanded its landholdings adjacent to Lambert’s Cove Beach for $8.4 million.


A property fronting James Pond and Vineyard Sound is the latest purchase by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank in what is shaping up to be an active year for the public conservation organization.
Dogs will not be allowed on Lambert’s Cove Beach for the remainder of the pandemic, the West Tisbury board of health announced Friday.

Lambert’s Cove Beach will open to sticker holders this summer, but parking capacity will be cut in half, the West Tisbury parks and recreation committee decided Tuesday.


West Tisbury wants to make Lambert’s Cove Beach more accessible for elderly residents and people with disabilities. That’s the idea behind a subcommittee formed Tuesday night at the West Tisbury conservation commission.


A special town meeting in West Tisbury Tuesday night pitted the town’s humans against its dogs, as voters took up the divisive question of whether to continue to allow canines at Lambert’s Cove Beach in the summer.

“I don’t even go there anymore because the smell is so overpowering,” said Karen Overtoom. “I guess you have to decide whether the beach is for the people or the dogs.”