Last Friday I started walking the district – not just door-to-door. Starting at the Dennis-Harwich town line, I’m committed stop in and talk with every business between there and Provincetown.
Small businesses, seasonal and year-round, are the vast majority of our employers here on the Cape and they deserve to be heard. By making the effort to meet every one, it gives me the opportunity to hear their concerns and discuss their issues.
The idea began with walking Route 28 up to Orleans, and then Route 6 and 6A onward. But I didn’t want to leave out areas of high-local employment, like Great Western Road in North Harwich. So here I am at the starting point -- the marker near the corner of Center and Depot Streets.
Little did I know how much this would be a walk down memory lane…
This morning I ran into Rob Preston, co-owner of Harwich Pet Supply. Rob and I went to elementary school together, and his father and my uncle, Tom Buckley, worked together at the old Bearse’s Market, where the Anytime Café now is in downtown Chatham.
Then, down on Main Street, West Harwich, I had a chance to speak with Michael Porter, Vice President of BY&D Insurance Agency, Inc. Back when he worked for C. Robin Turner in Chatham, Mike wrote my mother’s policies – and of course, my own when I got my license in 1983.
As an insurance inspector, I have a unique insight on the home insurance crisis on the Cape. In my work I hear the concerns of homeowners every day, and have taken the time to speak with local agency executives, like Mike, about solutions.
I shared a story about a lady near Barnstable High School whose house I inspected – she told me that she had been dropped by her last company because she was too close to the water. I looked around, and realized the closest water was drainage pond at the Cape Cod Mall, more than half a mile away – not really an impending threat.
As the campaign unfolds and I learn more about a variety of issues facing the Lower and Outer Cape like the insurance crisis, I will be posting my thoughts and proposing solutions on this blog and our own web site, www.ElectAndyBuckley.com. And whiIe I hope to get the chance to meet you while talking to the residents and business owners on this journey, please don’t wait to drop us a line if you have a question to ask or a suggestion to offer.