April 05, 2020

Searsport proposition

Neither 600 signatures on a petition protesting Penobscot Marine Museum’s purchase for demolition of Webster’s service station, nor a survey recording 96 percent against all PMM’s downtown Searsport expansion, nor numberous letters to PMM and newspapers in opposition to the same, count as “nothing” and do falsify board president [R. Bruce] Underwood’s statement: “We have gotten nothing but compliments for going ahead and doing this.” Is it a misprint and should read “nothing but complaints”?

The proposition that it will be an enhancement to replace the “eyesore” with a postage stamp-sized park, in which to sit or stroll around an enshrubbed monument to what Searsport was, there on the verge of Route 1 with its fumes and steady roar from 18-wheelers and other traffic, is a jaw dropper. And too is PMM’s conjecture that their expansion will produce “increased traffic” and “encourage” more people “to stop and visit.” Already a problem for Searsport’s retail business, and a reason for vacancies of, traffic choosing to stop and park legally to visit are mutually exclusive.

Idea! PMM buys up all downtown and levels for parking lots or erection of high-rise garaging, as yet another example of the spreading “money buys nearly anything” epidemic. Kate Donithorne Searsport

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