Attorney, Mentor and Champion of the Island Community, Ronald Rappaport Dies at 74

Ronald H. Rappaport, the respected and ubiquitous Martha’s Vineyard attorney whose work cut across nearly every aspect of Island life, died unexpectedly Friday night in Vineyard Haven

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Fifty Years of Unfolding History at the MVC

In 1972, the Vineyard was largely undeveloped, a quiet place with a scattering of mostly modest summer homes. The natural landscape was unspoiled with broad, open vistas to the sea. There was no zoning except for small areas in the town centers.

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MVC Celebrates Half Century at Forefront of Island Issues

The creation of the Martha's Vineyard Commission harks back to meetings around kitchen tables in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the first comprehensive zoning maps were drafted for the Island.

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After Years of Sizzle, Real Estate Market Begins to Fizzle

The Martha’s Vineyard real estate market in 2023 began to level off after two straight years of an unprecedented surge in sales and pricing.

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Land Bank Sought Preservation in 2023

Preservation efforts at Flat Point Farm topped the list of activities for the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank in 2023, followed by partnerships in affordable housing.

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Land Bank Preserves Flat Point Farm With 100-Year Lease

The long-term lease signed this fall expands the land bank’s holdings at Flat Point farm, which include a large field and pondfront property on the southern side of the farm that were protected in 2013.

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Sale of Great Pond Land For Golf Course Is Near

Members of the MacKenty family in Edgartown are now in the final stages of negotiations to sell some 200 acres of their Edgartown Great Pond land to a group that plans to build a golf course on it, the Gazette has learned.

“We are negotiating, but we can’t comment on much until we have an agreement,” said Jeremiah MacKenty this week. “But yes, I’d say we are fairly close,” he added.

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Hearing Set for Golf Development

A plan to build a private golf club on land owned by the MacKenty family in Edgartown will get its first public airing this week when the Edgartown zoning board of appeals opens a hearing on an application for a special permit associated with the proposed development.

The MacKentys have signed an agreement to sell some 200 acres of their Edgartown Great Pond land to Rosario and Barry Latucca, a father and son team from Natick. The Latuccas hope to build an 18-hole golf club on the property.

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Public Debates Golf Development

Ending weeks of suspense and confusion about who will review plans for a private golf club on some 200 acres of Edgartown Great Pond land, the Edgartown zoning board of appeals voted unanimously this week to refer the project to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission as a development of regional impact (DRI).

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Martha’s Vineyard Commission Reviews Key Golf Development

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will decide this week whether to review as a development of regional impact (DRI) a plan to build a private golf club on some 200 acres of Edgartown Great Pond land.

At a public hearing on Thursday night, the commission will discuss the referral of the proposal by Martha’s Vineyard Golf Club Inc. and Meetinghouse Golf L.L.C., a group which wants to build an 18-hole golf course on the MacKenty land in Edgartown.

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