Have the business leaders and citizens of Calais been duped? An article in the July 29 Bangor Daily News reports that the business leaders in Calais are concerned about the third bridge site. It seems these leaders are concerned that the “proposed” location in Milltown would “take tourist traffic away from retail stores and restaurants.”
It is time these leaders opened their eyes to this exploitation by a select few concerning the third bridge placement. The business leaders and citizens of Calais have been grossly misled by some special interest parties that stand to benefit monetarily from this strange, awkward and unnecessarily expensive “proposed” location.
The placement of the bridge has never been the real issue concerning the business atmosphere in the downtown Calais area. Unless bridge traffic goes straight through (and it already does at the Ferry Point location), it will absolutely have to go around Calais. Strategies suggested by the business folk at this meeting were thoughtful, insightful and worthy of being put into action; i.e. boost use of business-industrial parks in Baileyville and Calais, a performing arts center, summer activities (concerts, sidewalk art shows, etc.).
One suggestion, though, will be superfluous if the third bridge is placed in Milltown, Maine. The suggestion “build interest in the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge” will be redundant when this sanctuary is decommissioned to allow a highway through this valuable wetland ecosystem.
All communities should be concerned with this bridge placement. We are all paying for this “proposed” placement; not just people in Calais. We pay with our money, the environment and our access to natural beauty as a present and future draw for tourists. The cheapest route and the one that conserves our wonderful Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge is the only one that makes sense.