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September 22, 2017





Lubec sets sail on voyage to provide boats a safe harbor
by JD Rule


     The first step in providing a "safe harbor" for Lubec fishermen was the first item discussed during a special town meeting conducted on September 14. The article, which was passed unanimously by the 36 registered voters present, allows the town to spend up to $2,000 to acquire a parcel of shorefront land near the historical society building. The expenditure covers survey and closing costs, and the purchase will be provided by "a combination of land trust donations and Land for Maine's Future grant funding," according to the article in the warrant. The funds, according to Town Administrator Renee Grey, will come from the harbor board account, which is largely funded by mooring permit fees.
     Shelly Tinker, president of the Lost Fishermen's Memorial Association, stated that the "Lost Fishermen's Association will pitch in something here, too," eliciting a round of applause.
     According to Harbormaster Ralph Dennison during an interview, the proposed breakwater design will afford protection to boats from a northeast wind, with northwest winds partially blocked by Seward's Neck. The matter has been under development by an ad‑hoc committee much of this year, triggered by threats from several late-winter storms during last winter. According to Dennison, currently available alternatives include Globe Cove, which is accessed across private property or three and a half miles over water; a few choices on Campobello; or up the Pennamaquan River.      Grant applications are in preparation; however, select board Chair Carol Dennison stressed during the meeting that "they won't even talk to you unless you already have the land locked up."
     During the half‑hour meeting, voters also approved $1,000 towards improvements at Stockford Park as suggested by David Stockford,  son of the Rev. Donald Stockford, for whom the park is named. The bulk of the funding is expected to come from a Recreational Trails Program grant through the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The plan, which has not been finalized, will provide a walking track, allowing "exercise in a scenic park with a bathroom and good parking." The funds, said Grey, will come from the parks and recreation budget.
     Voters also approved the town's proposal to put an unused loader out for bid, with the proceeds to go to the public works equipment reserve.






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