CAMDEN — Select Board members reduced the maximum number of town-licensed daysail boats to six for the 2022 season, and did not renew the license for the Sally.

The Oct. 6 vote was 4 to 0, with Chairman Bob Falciani absent from the meeting.

Daysail licenses give the boats use of a dock off the town pier for boarding passengers, a parking space on the public landing, and use of the pier by employees booking cruises. The license also allows for the operation of a second boat, which does not use the town-owned daysail float.

While daysail licenses have a 3-year term, a town ordinance requires annual renewal.

Town Manager Audra Caler recommended in a memo that the license not be renewed for the Sally, because it “either did not operate or has operated on an incredibly infrequent basis” over the past three summers. The traditional open lobster boat is owned by Ray Williamson of Maine Windjammer Cruises.

Caler explained daysail owner licenses have a “use it or lose it” requirement.

The Board also had the option of not filling the seventh spot with another daysailer. Caler described a congested inner harbor with increased recreational use, and said it would be appropriate if the Board decided not to fill the slot for that license with another boat.

Board member Sophie Romana asked how much revenue would be lost by not licensing another boat.

Harbor Master Steve Pixley said he thought it was $3,500.

Board member Matt Siegel asked if the owner expected to run the business next season.

Pixley said he gave Williamson a heads-up that day.

Support for suspending the Sally‘s license, and not filling the slot with a seventh boat came from Board member Marc Ratner. When the Board decided to license a seventh daysailer a number of years ago, he was opposed to it, he said. “We’re almost cannibalizing the people who are there already by putting too many boats in,” he said.

In 2020, the town was understanding when several daysailers and windjammers did not run or ran at reduced capacity due to the pandemic, Caler said.

Williamson got a break, though he did not run the Sally in 2019, she said. “We were very clear with him that summer of 2021, if he expected to keep this license agreement, he needed to be running it regularly.”

Parking on the public landing was another issue discussed when the 3-year term for daysail licenses was approved in 2020. At the time, nothing was decided, according to Caler.

“Given all the work we’re doing now on parking, it’s very appropriate to revisit this at this time,”  she said.

She asked the board to look at whether parking given to one type of business that operates off the landing is equal and fair to what other businesses in the downtown are given. Public landing parking is almost as heavily used as the spaces along Main Street, she said. The daysail license can be amended on an annual basis, she said.

Ratner asked Pixley if a parking space on the landing is essential to daysail businesses. Pixley said it is not because there’s always spaces available for loading and unloading.

Romana is a member of an advisory group for a downtown parking study underway. She said parking on the landing is being discussed by the group.

Members debated whether to remove parking spaces from the daysail license. McKellar recommended having the Harbor Committee review any recommendation.

McKellar and Caler said rolling the issue into the parking study will have no affect, unless there is political will to remove the parking for daysail owners.

Ratner suggested tabling the discussion, and taking it up again when Falciani was present. Romana suggested the parking spaces be removed. The Board voted on both suggestions, 2-2, and both failed to pass. Ratner and Siegal voted for tabling, and against removing the spaces, and McKellar and Romana against tabling and for removing the spaces.

Board members also voted unanimously not to renew a long-standing lease agreement with the First Church of Christ, Scientist on Central Street. The lease allows the town to use most of the lot for public parking, except during services, in exchange for plowing the lot in the winter. The Board decided not to renew the lease due to a change for Central Street to one-way several years ago, which means it cannot be accessed from Main Street.

Other business

The Snow Bowl food concession will be run by a new business, Snow Dogs, this coming ski season. Snow Bowl Manager Beth Ward reported the Bagel Cafe decided this spring not to run the concession. Snow Dogs was the only bid received for the food service, she said.

The menu offers a hot breakfast wrap and sandwiches, five hot dog and fries options, nine varieties of hot sandwiches on a hot dog bun including Buffalo Tender and Ban Mi’ish, burgers and wraps.  Vegetarian options and grab and go items are offered.

Owner Jason Doppelt’s food service career began rolling burritos at Taco Bell, and led to working for numerous James Beard award-winning chefs, including Melissa Kelly of Primo. He has all-around experience, from making pizza at Lincolnville General Store to sausages at Main Street Market and was chef at Ada’s Kitchen.

Also discussed were plans by the Camden Area Business Group to bring back Christmas By the Sea events.

The Select Board decided not to take action to close Pearl Street on Halloween, and to instead encourage local trick-or-treating, walking around neighborhoods where families live. The Snow Bowl will also host a Halloween event with chair rides, free to costumed riders.