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Vineyard Vitriol Over Obama's Visit

9:34 AM, Aug 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Some of the local newspapers on Martha's Vineyard report that island goers "can expect extraordinary and lengthy up-Island detours, after President Barack Obama and his family arrive Saturday."

MVTimes.com adds

The Secret Service will close South Road to all vehicle traffic near the president's vacation compound on Snail Road beginning about 2 pm, Saturday afternoon.

Only abutters and emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass through security check points between Meeting House Road to the east and Wooton Bassett Road to the west, for the duration of the Obamas' vacation, from August 10 to 18.

In a telephone conversation with The Times late Tuesday, Chilmark Police Chief Brian Cioffi confirmed the planned closing. Chief Cioffi said  online message boards and signs will be used to redirect traffic.

One commenter responds, "He really needs to find another place to go. He treats people here terribly."

The Vineyard Gazette also writes about Obama's upcoming visit:

A portion of South Road in Chilmark is slated to be closed to traffic during President Obama's visit to the Island, the Chilmark selectmen learned on Tuesday.

Police chief Brian Cioffi said at the selectmen's weekly meeting that the Secret Service is proposing closing South Road to traffic from Meeting House Road to Wootton Bassett Road from August 10 through 18. Emergency vehicles and residents of the area will be allowed access. The road closure will begin around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mr. Cioffi said. Traffic will be diverted to Middle Road and North Road.      

Mr. Obama and the first family are set to arrive on Saturday and stay at a private home on Snail Road. The home is owned by David Schulte. Utility crews working around the property held up traffic on South Road Tuesday afternoon and the sign marking the road has been taken down.

Mr. Cioffi said signs will be placed along South, Middle and North Roads, as well as Music street to warn the public about the closure.

Lucy Vincent Beach will remain open to the public, Mr. Cioffi said. He also said security plans are still being developed for Chilmark Pond, which is accessible from the house.

Plans are still subject to change, Mr. Cioffi said.

News of the road closure was met with sharp criticism by selectman and chairman of the board Warren Doty.       

“My response to this is we've had the president come to our town three times and it's been very cordial and there's been very little disruption and we love to have him,” he said. “This would change that approach . . . and be very disruptive.

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