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Martha's Vineyard Prepares for Obamas' Summer Stay

Martha's Vineyard Prepares for Obamas' Summer Stay

The First Family will vacation on the island for three weeks.

Published August 7, 2014

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family are heading to the wealthy island resort of Martha's Vineyard for a three-week vacation starting Saturday, a near-annual ritual that islanders say is a boon to local business even if it comes with added hassles during what's typically the busiest tourist month of the year.

Local business owners — particularly those who own the restaurants, ice cream shops and book stores the family frequents — look forward to the buzz that comes from the family visiting their stores. Regular summertime residents say they've come to accept the traffic headaches that a presidential motorcade brings.

But shorter-term visitors and day trippers are less than enthused about the prospect of spending their limited time on the island navigating detours or sitting in traffic.

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(Photo: Steven Senne, File/AP Photo)

Written by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press

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