What do you think of the city charging $14,000 to the Maine Lobster Festival?
Rockland — What do you think about the Rockland City Council's decision to make the Maine Lobster Festival pay more than $14,000 in fees for the use of city parks for the festival? In the past, the city has given the festival a waiver. At its May 12 meeting the council voted to rescind the proposed waiver of the fees, arguing it needed to be fair to all who use the parks when it comes to charging fees. Festival organizers argued the festival brings a great deal of business into the city. In addition, the festival donates all that it raises to government, education and charitable causes. It has helped purchase a fire truck for the city, for example. Take our On The Line poll to tell us what you think.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.