Coastal Management

Coastal Martha's Vineyard is defined by its relationship with the sea. Because it is an island, its precious and finite coastal resources have long been the focus of human activities, if not always wisely managed. On Martha's Vineyard, stewardship of coastal lands and waters is almost always a cooperative effort between government agencies, partnered with local advocacy groups and non-profits.

This section of the website includes the following sections:

How to Read Flood and Storm Maps

Flood and Storm maps may be confusing.  There are storm surge maps of inundation from the dangerous surge of rising hurricane waters. There are flood maps for a nor'easter type of storm.  FEMA produces the flood maps to determine rates for its federally-subsidized flood insurance policies. Towns (except Chilmark) use the maps in floodplain regulations to keep the subsidies available.

Here is a handy 2-sided guide to reading each type of map.


Given their complexity and the priority of planning efforts, Coastal Ponds have their own section of the website.


Jo-Ann Taylor
Coastal Planner, ext. 119
[email protected]

Office location:

Office location:

The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

Mailing address:

Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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