(London Daily Mail) August is usually the time of year when businesses on Martha’s Vineyard make enough money to see them through the cold, tourist-free winter. But with the president and his family on the Massachusetts island, road closures are detouring visitors – and their dollars – away from towns near the Obamas’ vacation home.

Writing about the town of West Tisbury, the Vineyard Gazette reported that ‘the traffic change will keep people away from the village center at the very height of summer.’

‘August is our make it or break it month,’ Vineyard Artisans Festivals manager Andrea Rogers told the local newspaper, ‘So this is the worst possible time of the year to block access. It impacts a lot of people.’

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.