Member Spotlight: Steve Fossella
"As property owners we have a duty to work for the betterment of the community"
Steve first came to Provincetown in 1983 on a day trip. That one day turned into a 35 year relationship with a town where Steve spends "almost all spring, summer and fall...and a couple of weekends a month in the winter between holidays and snowstorms." Nevertheless, he is called a part-timer.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Steve has lived and worked in Quincy for the past 22 years. He's worked in the IT field for over 40 years, starting in aerospace to financial services to, more recently, the health care industry. Thirty years ago, he purchased a home in Provincetown––a home, not a building, not an investment property––a home. Steve explains, "It was totally by accident because I didn’t think I could afford a home in Provincetown. I picked up The Advocate and saw an ad for this tiny, shoebox of a cottage. I went and peeked in the windows. It needed work but it was sweet and my then partner and I made the deal happen."
Like many folks drawn to Provincetown, Steve enjoys its natural beauty, whether on the beaches or exploring the wooded areas and ponds with his dog of many years, Mr. Pidger. "Every now and then I’ve looked elsewhere thinking something more rural might be relaxing and idyllic to get away from it all. But, I always end up dropping that idea. I like the village life Provincetown offers, the hustle and bustle along Commercial Street, running into friends here and there. I can’t think why I would really be anywhere else," said Steve.
Steve founded the PPRTA six years ago in response to a longtime concern over the Town's decision to refuse a Federal grant for a town-wide sewer system, an issue affecting all property owners, full-and-part-time alike. At that time, "I wished part-time residents were organized enough to have a voice on that decision and other decisions affecting the future of the town. So, when a 'year-rounder' organized a meeting to generate interest in a part-time taxpayer group I had to get involved. I ended up with a list of names from the meeting and just ran with it," explained Steve.
Steve is well aware that a few, but vocal members, of the Provincetown community hold negative images of part-timers. When asked what he would say to those fostering such negativity, Steve answered "By buying a home in Provincetown, part-time residents have made a huge commitment. You have a desire and a motivation for the community to thrive for the long term, after all you will own that home for a long time and who doesn’t want to live in a thriving well managed community? As property owners we have a duty to work for the betterment of the community, to make wise choices for its' future. We want to be able to take pride in the community we helped to build."