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A visa crisis hits the cape and islands on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley

A Visa Crisis Hits the Cape and Islands' Bottom Line

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** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY JUNE 20 ** Restaurant worker Henry Bernard, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, prepares a basket of bread during the lunch shift at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, Mass., Wednesday, June 15, 2005. Bernard is one of 84 Jamaican workers at the inn who come to the United States on H2B visas, or seasonal work visas.
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A visa crisis hits the cape and islands on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley

When the summer lush beauty of the Cape and the Islands and the Berkshires draw thousands of visitors, it’s prime time for the hotels, the gift shops, the ferries, and restaurants in the resort areas, which depend on seasonal profits for their year round livelihood. For years they’ve also depended on temporary foreign workers assigned H2B Visas, but now the specialized visas are in short supply and small business owners are taking a hit to the wallet. Callie talks about the the latest H-2-B Visa crisis and its impact here in Massachusetts with Nancy Gardella, the executive director of Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, and Peter Hall, president and general manager of the Van Rensselaer's Restaurant & Raw Bar and general manager and sole member of Catch of the Day restaurant.

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Nancy Gardella, the executive director of Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. She joined the discussion from the Print Shop studio in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard.

And Peter Hall, president and general manager of the Van Rensselaer's Restaurant & Raw Bar and general manager and sole member of Catch of the Day restaurant, both in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
He joined the discussion from the WOMR studio in Provincetown, Cape Cod,

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