Plane towing a banner reading ‘Vineyard Hypocrites’ circles Martha’s Vineyard

A small plane towing a banner that read “Vineyard Hypocrites!” circled Martha’s Vineyard Monday morning for at least an hour, angering residents who turned out in droves after the unexpected arrival last week of two planes carrying nearly 50 migrants sent by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The migrants were housed and fed at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown from Wednesday evening to Friday morning before they were brought to Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne fortemporary shelter.

The island’s response was praised as “herculean” by state Representative Julian Cyr, and Governor Charlie Baker and other state officials also commended the community effort.

Many Vineyard residents took to the private “Islanders Talk” Facebook group on Monday to dish about the mysterious message in the sky.

Sandra Melkonian, an Aquinnah resident, said the plane circled over her areafor at least 45 minutes.

“I was so upset. Understandably so,” Melkonian told the Globe.

Resident Liz Witham added that the plane flew over the island’s iconic Aquinnah Cliffs.

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