We are writing in response to the Mashpee Board of Selectmen’s decision to implement a ban on small 50-milliliter bottles, or nips, effective July 1, 2021.

As we testified during [the November 2] public hearing, the global pandemic has taken a heavy toll on our small-business community. This product represents a meaningful portion of revenues—upwards of $2.5 million in taxable income. Those are tax dollars that won’t be going into town services like cleaning up our parks and beaches. This product also represents several thousands of dollars a year for local salespeople who work entirely on commission. In short, banning 50-milliliter bottles will mean another huge hit to our balance sheets at the worst possible time.

We still feel strongly that this should have been put to a town vote—and indeed, in just two weeks, more than 500 Mashpee residents signed petitions urging the selectmen to consider alternative policies to address this issue.

Nonetheless, we are very grateful that the selectmen have given us enough time to offer an alternative to this ban.

Mashpee businesses have a shared stake in making sure that our town is a clean, safe place to visit and live in. We are coming together to consider solutions such as improvements to recycling infrastructure and youth employment and workforce development partnerships to support regular litter pickups. We fully intend to present a comprehensive plan to the town and selectmen that will result in the repealing of the nip ban by the board of selectmen. We believe that we can work together to clean up our town without harming our local economy.

We look forward to continuing this conversation in the months to come.

Dena Rymsha, Liberty Liquors owner

Ryan Kelleher, Martignetti salesperson

North Market Street

Mashpee

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