January 21, 2020

Voters to be polled on dock, pier building

MOUNT DESERT – Voters in Somesville, Northeast Harbor, Seal Harbor and Otter Creek won’t be electing any municipal officers or setting new town policy on Election Day. But voters will be asked to participate in an informal exit poll that could have a major impact on future land use policy in Mount Desert.

The poll asks voters for their opinions on the number of docks and piers that have been built on Somes Sound and several small coves during the recent economic boom.

Planning board member George Peckham proposed a moratorium on pier building last month, claiming that pier and float construction for the exclusive use of individual landowners must be checked to preserve the character of the town for future generations.

Members of the town’s board of selectmen decided to proceed cautiously and called for the poll in lieu of Peckham’s moratorium.

Voters’ response to the Election Day poll will be used to determine any action on town ordinances that guide the construction of docks, piers and floats.

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