Take 10: Oceanfront hotel still a family affair after 48 years

( Sent from Cape Cod Times )


Cape’s lodging lineup gets shuffled – News – – Hyannis, MA

Cape’s lodging lineup gets shuffled

The Briarcliff Motel on Route 6A in Dennis also changed hands since last summer. The new owners also own a similar motel in Maine, and are trying to recreate the old style family hotel experience. They hope to, and did this past winter, stay open all year round. They hope to become a spotvto host families coming to town for the various Christmas Strolls, and become a big part of our year round economy.

From : With development expected at the former Belchertown State School, town planners push design guidelines

With development expected at the former Belchertown State School, town planners push design guidelines,

Dennis has adopted Design Guidelines for several of our recent zoning changes. We first did this in the Quivet Neck/Crowe’s Pasture Resource Protection District and followed with the Dennis Port Village Center, West Dennis Village Center, Hotel Resort and Seasonal Resort Community Zoning Districts.

Some Interesting Data On Economic Recovery

I saw this article today on the MSNBC newsfeed, States where workers see hiring increasing, and thought it might be interesting to look at a little bit of history. The article is based upon Gallup Poll data collection about companies planning to expand or contract their labor force.  A positive number reflects an expanding jobs situation, a negative number suggests fewer jobs.

In 2011 Massachusetts was slightly above the national average of 13.1 as we scored a 14 on the Gallup Job Creation Index.  This is the strongest the state has scored since 2008 before the recession when we had an 18, and a big jump from the -1 for the state in 2009 at the height of the recession.

An improving jobs situation bodes well for Dennis and other tourist oriented destinations.  As people return to work or move back to jobs that do not leave them “under employed,” they will start thinking about leisure time activities, and will begin returning to their summer vacation retreats.  Dennis has weathered the storm.  Just before and during these lean years we have made many changes to town zoning to encourage reinvestment in properties such as Dennisport and West Dennis Village Centers, our hotels and the cottage colony areas.  Dennis is ready to welcome economic recovery, and is poised to help businesses expand as our summer economy returns to pre-recession levels.

Additional Resources

North Dakota Workers Report Best Hiring Situation in 2011

North Dakota and Washington, D.C., Best Job Markets in 2010

From the June 5th Boston Globe

It is always a good sign when the largest regional newspaper takes a few moments to write about one of our local businesses and attractions.  Kudos to the Boston Globe and the Baroni family for the great article on June 5th about all that Holiday Hill and Dennis have to offer!

Family vacation touched by retro simplicity

By Patricia Harris and David Lyon

Globe Correspondents / June 5, 2011

DENNIS PORT — When the Baroni family opened an ice cream and seafood restaurant in 1958 on a prime stretch of Main Street (Route 28), families would pile into the station wagon and swing by for a cone or sundae or maybe a box of fried clams. A year later, they could play on the new miniature golf course. READ MORE