In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. This legislation was “one of the first federal anti-discrimination laws that addressed wage differences based on gender. The Act made it illegal to pay men and women working in the same place difference salaries for similar work.” For more information visit:
Coastal Resilience Plan, Virtual Open House #2
On Thursday, June 24, about 120 people attended the Virtual Open House #2, a follow up from the first event of the same name in January 2021. This second Virtual Open House focused on how the Coastal Resilience Plan is working towards solutions and what kinds of solutions might be acceptable to the community. After welcomes from Town Manager Libby Gibson and Coastal Resilience Advisory Committee Chair Mary Longacre, the Project Team outlined the plan to date and an island-wide risk assessment. The risk assessment showed that the single most vulnerable piece of infrastructure is Steamboat Wharf and that some 3,428 structures are at risk and some $1.2 billion in cumulative damages are expected between now and 2070 from coastal flooding erosion and sea level rise. So with that in mind, the topic turned to resilience measures that can be used to reduce the Island's exposure to this amount of risk.
Participants selected if they wanted to talk about one of 4 areas: Madaket, South Shore, Sconset or Nantucket Harbor. Every one of the four breakout groups talked about the Downtown area as well as their chosen area. Topics from artificial dunes on the south shore to raising roads in the downtown area and other types of infrastructure, mostly "green" infrastructure, were discussed. Though all groups had good participation, the most widely attended group was the Nantucket Harbor group as most people wanted to discuss the harbor and the downtown area together.
A sincere THANK YOU to all who attended. Public participation makes this process work.
At the June 11, 2021 Nantucket Historic District Commission meeting, Resilient Nantucket: Flooding Adaptation & Building Elevation Design Guidelines were unanimously adopted (4-0) by the Commission. Nantucket Island is one of the nation’s largest National Historic Landmark Districts with over 1,000 pre-1860s structures contributing to its historical, architectural, and cultural significance. And yet, these irreplaceable resources are increasingly threatened by short- and long-term flooding caused by sea level rise. Resilient Nantucket not only provides suggested practices for the built environment, but it also addresses several priority actions identified in the Town’s Municipal Vulnerability Program (MVP) Community Resilience Workshop Report (2019) and the Hazard Mitigation Plan (2019.)
These guidelines include suggested practices for flooding adaptation and building elevation design details for Nantucket’s buildings and streetscapes at risk of flooding and sea level rise. The Resilient Nantucket addendum follows the recommendations and “best practices” for resiliency and flood mitigation strategies for historic buildings, as outlined by the National Park Service’s Standards on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings published in 2019 and illustrated in 2021.
Properties that are 50 years old or older and which retain their architectural and historical integrity are considered contributing to the character of the Nantucket National Historic Landmark District are considered historic buildings/structures.
For contributing properties at risk of flooding, treatments should be undertaken to avoid or minimize the impacts and to ensure the continued preservation of the property in its historic character. If a contributing structure in Nantucket’s floodplain undergoes substantial improvement (under the Building Code) or damage (worth 50% or more of the structure’s market value), the structure must be brought up to code. However, the definition of substantial improvement exempts “any alternation of a historic structure, provided that the alteration will not preclude the continued designation as a historic structure.” This exemption can be interpreted as an exemption only from those flood mitigation activities that would preclude the structure’s historic designation (as recommended by the National Park Service.)
Funding for Resilient Nantucket was made possible from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant Program and the project was conducted by Thomason & Associates and The Craig Group.
Any questions on the Resilient Nantucket document, please contact the Town’s Preservation Planner at email@example.com.
 Massachusetts Building Code Section R184.108.40.206
Culture & Tourism
Independence Day 2021
The Town of Nantucket reminds residents and visitors that for Independence Day 2021, instead of Main Street activities, Fireworks display, and Children’s Beach games there will be several events at Children’s Beach on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
July 3rd Special Holiday Fun/Music on the Bandstand:
- 9am - Nanpuppets with Lizza
- 10-11am – The Dunbars
- 11am-Noon – Susan and Ray
- 5-6pm – The Shepcats
- 6-7pm – Rebecca Chapa
A reminder from Fire Chief Steve Murphy
Private fireworks displays are illegal in Massachusetts. In 2019, fireworks were involved with an estimated 10,000 injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments. On average 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday - 44% of those people have burns (Consumer product safety commission states). Every year, fireworks are the cause of hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage.
Let’s keep our island safe and the holiday enjoyable. Enjoy the beach, take a bike ride, hike on conservation property – socially distanced and fireworks free.
Nantucket Cultural District
Have you visited the Nantucket Cultural District website lately? It lists the cultural activities that are taking place around the island and a great place to see what’s going on live and virtually. You can find it at www.nantucketculturaldistrict.org.
Visitor Services Office
The Visitor Services Office at 25 Federal Street is open seven days a week. Our Straight Wharf Kiosk and the Airport Information Desk is now open for the season. Check out Children’s Beach activities here.
If you’re an organization or business who provides us with flyers, business cards, or other information, please do bring your up-to-date material to the office to share with our visitors.
New Sculpture Installation at Sparks Avenue Roundabout
The Sparks Avenue Roundabout welcomes a new installation by Nantucket sculptor John Evans. “Figurative Journey” is a bronze on bluestone sculpture measuring 80 inches tall. Evans has been a full-time sculptor for over forty years. John’s unique carvings embody the ideas and influences of his lifelong interest in the visual arts.
Four local sculptors display work in the roundabout: John Evans, David Hostetler, Chris Oberg, and Billy Sherry. The four artists work together with the Office of Culture and Tourism to determine the sequence of presented work. Beginning with the current installation, pieces will be installed for a six-month period with works rotating each Spring and Fall.