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Conserving Nantucket


Steve Sheppard


The pristine qualities that make Nantucket a distinct place, and somewhere “far away,” both geographically and philosophically, also make it a refuge, an attractive haven and resort with less traffic, pollution and people than the mainland thirty miles away. Nantucket’s popularity is beginning to catch up with her. No longer just a summer place, Nantucket is now an active year-round community, with a tourist season that stretches from late April until well past Columbus Day. The most visible manifestation of Nantucket’s increased popularity is a building boom that is fast chewing up the island's open spaces and threatening its rural character.

Note on the Author

Steve Sheppard was graduated from Bridgewater State College with a BA in English in 1980.