Traffic has already considerably increased in Mashpee, and we are told that this will be a booming tourist season on the Cape—in other words, even more traffic. Along with it come rising nitrogen levels in our estuaries, algal blooms in our ponds and other negative environmental impacts.

Meanwhile, Mashpee Commons, the Board of Selectmen and the Cape Cod Commission are deciding on the Mashpee Commons plan to add 1,800 new homes and more than a million square feet of commercial space.

We need to know what our representatives, the selectmen, are thinking about this expansion. And they need to hear from us.

In my view, this huge expansion is a recipe for even more traffic, especially on Route 151, without any consideration of what this will do to the quality of life in Mashpee.

Most of us moved here because we liked the small-town feel, greenery and natural resources. We need to know exactly where the three candidates for selectmen stand on this issue. It makes a difference for Mashpee’s future.

Marjorie M. Hecht

Hooppole Road

Mashpee

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