August 7 - 1961: Kennedy signs bill authorizing the Cape Cod National Seashore Park

1988: Home buyers in the driver's seat on Cape Cod, 3,839 houses and condos for sale
JFK signs the bill authorizing the Cape Cod National Seashore Park.

1961: President signs bill to create Cape Cod park

"A National Seashore Area Is Created by Action"

On this day, Aug. 7, 1961, President Kennedy signed the bill creating the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 26,666-acre strip of dunes, heath, cliffs and fresh-water ponds bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

It would be another two years before his dream of a National Seashore to preserve a massive piece of Cape Cod for future generations, and by then he would be dead.

Mr. Kennedy had first proposed the park years before when he was a first-term US Senator, and the politics of that gentler era enabled him to get the other Massachusetts US Senator, Levertt Saltonstall, a Republican, to co:sign the bill.

The park was finally dedicated on Memorial Day in 1966.

Read the complete article below. Read President Kennedy's remarks on that day here.


1988: Home buyers in the driver's seat on Cape Cod

In July there were 3,839 houses and condominiums for sale

On this day in 1988, the New York Times reported that never before had Cape Cod had so many houses, condominiums and commercial spaces for sale as it has today. And at no time in recent years have there been so few prospective buyers. After two-and-a-half years of hectic activity, the sellers' market in residential property has become a buyers' market. And the market in retail, warehouse and office space belongs even more to the buyer.

In July, the Cape Cod Board of Realtors listed 3,839 houses and condominiums for sale on the Cape and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. A year earlier, there were 2,880 listings. Most of the properties for sale are on the Cape itself; on the offshore islands, where much selling is at prices over $500,000, the market reportedly has remained brisk.

Real estate specialists who monitor national figures on homes sales report that the slowdown in sales, and build-up of inventory, is noticeable throughout the Northeast. Ocean County in New Jersey, for example, is an area similar to Cape Cod in the sense that it is both a bedroom community and a retirement-home area. It, too, has had a marked build-up of unsold homes, officials of the National Association of Realtors said...

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