Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet: 2020 In Overview

Among the issues that built the Banner headlines this year were being the legal sale of marijuana to older people in Provincetown, the issues of racial justice, goodbyes to city administrators and a lot more.

Outer Cape joins nationwide protest for racial justice

The issue of racial justice arrived into the forefront in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd on May 25 by a Minneapolis law enforcement officer led to nationwide protests, which manufactured their way to the idea of Cape Cod. 

Black Lives Make any difference protests and marches had been held in Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet. In Provincetown, much more than 100 individuals drove west together Professional Road to a vigil for victims of law enforcement brutality at MacMillan Pier. Black Life Make any difference symptoms continue on to be witnessed at residences and enterprises. 

Amid the protests, the Great Arts Do the job Heart in Provincetown was accused of cultivating a culture of racism. A letter despatched in June to the center by much more than 70 recent and former fellows, interns and other artists explained the center’s “governance and tradition … puts the very well-remaining and livelihood of its Black, POC (people today of colour) and reduced-income fellows and members in jeopardy.” The letter also reported the heart “benefits from variety grants and the achievements of fellows of coloration without the need of any thought or apparatus in put to defend these fellows on web-site.”

In response, Richard MacMillan, the center’s govt director, stated the center’s leaders are fully commited to transform and a “comprehensive and apparent set of actions” but he denied that any of the center’s staff members are racist. The heart has released a system of action on its internet site.

An inspection of the schooner Hindu was made in Provincetown after a July 10, 2020 accident where it was hit by a submerged vessel, according to the owners. The schooner, which has a famed history in Provincetown, is currently undergoing repair and restoration in Maine. A GoFundMe fundraising campaign is underway.

Finance Committee criticized for appointments, chairman’s alleged social media posts

The incapability of aspect-time citizens to acquire an alternate seat on the Provincetown Finance Committee, as authorized, has led to criticism of City Moderator Mary-Jo Avellar, the appointing authority, who has stated she only would like voters, or entire-time citizens, to be on the board. Also, the committee by itself has declined to appoint a part-time resident, and also drafted a Town Conference write-up to prohibit aspect-timers from serving. That short article has not but built it to a Town Meeting ground, nevertheless.