Topics: Tourism

Will Fatal Attack Curb Shark Fever?

By: Tim Wood

From Sharks in the Park to numerous shark-based businesses, Chatham and other communities embraced the arrival of the apex predators in Cape waters. But for years, people have wondered: What will happen when a fatal shark attack occurs? That happened last Saturday, when a 26-year-old Revere man was killed while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. Shark merchandise, however, wasn't immediatel...

Senate, House Pass Short-term Rental Tax

By: Tim Wood

Long-sought Revenue Source Likely To Go Into Effect In 2019 With the backing of both the state Senate and House, it appears as if the extension of the room occupancy excise tax to include short-term room and home rentals is a done deal. Both houses of the legislature have passed bills authorizing the short-term rental tax, which would apply to summer home rentals of less than 90 days, as well as Air BnB-typ...

CHATHAM – Lisa Franz, executive director of the town's chamber of commerce for nearly a decade, has stepped down. Franz's resignation was effective last Friday, March 30. “I just thought it was time to move on,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday. She said the decision was hers, and while there's “ever a good time,” with most of the work for the upcoming season – completion of the 2018 chamber guide book...

CHATHAM — Saying they need more money to promote the town as a destination, the chamber of commerce is seeking a $15,000 hike to its town budget appropriation next year, representing a 20 percent increase over the current year’s payment. On Monday, selectmen said they appreciate the chamber’s work to promote the town and could support some kind of budget increase, but they stopped short of approving the appr...

Our View: Keeping Cape Cod Clean

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

A visit to Monomoy Island reveals a stunning landscape rich with wild birds, swaying beach grass, and miles of soft sand. But to call it “pristine” would be an exaggeration. To know why, all one has to do is look among the grasses and seashells anywhere on the beach. You'll find a wealth of trash. Some people might say, 'So what?' and chalk it up to modern life. But on the island, and off, trash has become a h...

This past weekend US Coast Guard officials spent more than four hours scouring the waters off Plymouth looking for a possible person in the water after finding an adrift kayak. While the search was eventually suspended and no missing persons reports filed, indicating that the vessel likely floated free of its mooring, the situation is a powerful reminder that even paddle sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sta...

Under normal circumstances, local businesses struggle to find enough employees to stay fully staffed through a busy summer season. And with foreign workers serving as a political lightning rod in Washington, this summer promises to be anything but normal. Problems with the H-2B and J-1 visa programs could trim around 1,000 foreign workers from the Cape's summer workforce, officials say. “It's grim,” Cape Co...

ORLEANS — Roderick MacDonald, a Presbyterian minister, has been thinking a good deal about a story that speaks to the need to support the rights of immigrants. Nearing retirement, he visited a member of his off-Cape congregation and learned that the woman's sister had been picked up by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and detained in the Suffolk County House of Correction. Sixteen years...

'Port Summer Nights' To Sizzle This Summer

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Wednesday nights are going to be hopping in the 'Port this summer. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineups for Port Summer Nights, the weekly celebrations of art, dining, music and shopping, which start next Wednesday, July 6. “It looks great,” chamber Executive Director Jeremy Gingras said. “We've got eight weeks' of bands lined up and other activities.” Each Wednesday n...

Town Won't Pursue Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Selectmen have decided not to pursue purchase of the Eldredge Garage property as a potential municipal parking lot, according to a statement released late Tuesday by Town Manager Jill Goldsmith. A number of factors went into the decision, reached during an executive session May 31, according to Chairman Jeffrey Dykens. Environmental issues were a major concern. The town commissioned a phase one en...

CHATHAM – The Surfside Motor Inn on Holway Street may be one of the last of its kind. The rambling, 20-room inn is the sort of comfortable, homey place that people return to year after year, where folks who see each other once a year gather on the porch in the evening to catch up as the cool breeze drifts off nearby Chatham Harbor. It's also the sort of place that is rapidly disappearing due to development pre...

CHATHAM ─ When it comes to the written word, Alan Pollock isn't one to shy away from a challenge. That's why when he learned that a book about Chatham needed an author, he took on the task, with gusto. The result is the engaging, interesting, and in some cases, eyebrow-raising book simply titled “Chatham,” released this week. Pollock, who has been with the Chronicle 20 years and in the news business for slig...