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Land Bank Victory; Cape & Islands 'A Very Vulnerable Region'

CHILMARK - A six year saga has ended with the town and Land Bank victorious: "A superior court judge has ruled in favor of the town of Chilmark, upholding a complicated three-way land swap designed to create affordable housing, add conservation land and save a historic home." [Vineyard Gazette; photo credit: Ray Ewing]

BOSTON - "Calling the Cape and Islands "a very vulnerable region," state Sen. Marc Pacheco unveiled legislation Tuesday that would require future governors to develop plans for defending the state against climate change, an investment he said would be dwarfed by the cost of inaction against rising sea levels and severe storms." The Taunton Democrat added some gallows humor by noting that although he could not afford a Cape house by the water, climate change might eventually bring an ocean view to his Hyannisport vacation home. [Cape Cod Times]