Selectmen in Sandwich Vote to Continue Visitors Services Board


SANDWICH – The Visitors Services Board in Sandwich will continue to function but will be overseen by the town manager and selectmen.

The board of selectmen recently voted to keep the VSB, which was created in the 90s to boost tourism in town.

Funds for the board come from hotel and motel tax dollars.

Discussions to eliminate the board began after hearing complaints about how the board was operating.

“The different boards of selectmen over the last three years have asked me to take a look at things and see if there was a better way to do it,” said Bud Dunham, the town manager. “When it was first started there wasn’t a local chamber – that is one difference.”

The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of commerce have since been created and overlap in some of the services provided.

“It’s not always to say that either chamber does exactly what a Visitors Services Board does either,” Dunham said. “There’s still different things that the VSB still considers that don’t have anything to do with either chamber.”

Selectmen would also like to see more of those tax funds distributed to the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.

A vote to eliminate or drastically change the entity would have required a vote from town meeting.

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