May 21, 2016

Rockland's Harbor Mgmt Commission ponders state of breakwater, Harbor Park changes, more.

Listen at this link to the 55 minute long 5/17/16 Rockland Harbor Mgmt Commission meeting, in which commissioners and guests discuss those things that arise as spring finally arrives at this lobstering and tourism harbor, midway up the Maine coast. Topics ranged from state of the Rockland Breakwater, the fate of a long derelict ferryboat Monhegan anchored inside the breakwater, to reconfiguring Harbor Park and more. Speakers included Melissa Maker, Chair, Howie Edwards, Jr from the Rockland Port District, and lobsterman/workboater Richard Whitman. Rockland's new harbormaster Matt Ripley also spoke. Steve Betts of Bangor Daily News was there. Guests on the recording begin with Mike Grondin, Rockland tree warden and blind advocate of the Americans with Disability Act, and his concerns with the reduced accessibility of Rockland Breakwater, to disabled persons, due to gaps on the walking surface from shifting blocks of stone, and Ron Huber of Friends of Penobscot Bay. Later, a presentation by two engineer consultants from Milone & MacBroom on reconfiguring Harbor Park to improve public access and services where the blues festival and Maine lobster festival are held and cruise ship passengers come ashore . A good mix of people on and overseeing this important city commission.

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