ROCKLAND — The Rockland City Council agreed Wednesday evening to postpone a vote asking the state for compensation for a proposed expansion of Safe Harbor Marinas in Rockland Harbor.

The postponement will allow the city time to contact the state to see what the deadline is for the Council to act as well as to give Safe Harbor time to review the proposal.

The decision came Oct. 13 after nearly two hours of discussion and comments from the public about the project.

William Morong, the former owner of Yachting Solutions and representing Safe Harbor at the Oct. 13 meeting, informed councilors that the company plans to submit plans for land-side work as well and during that process Safe Harbor will assure that there will be public access.

Comments from the public were mixed, with some supporting the project, saying it was moving Rockland forward, and others saying the placement of large yachts at the location would obstruct the view from the land.

The proposed order by Councilor Nate Davis on compensation that was considered Wednesday evening states “the City Manager is authorized and directed to consult with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to make an appropriate determination of loss or diminution of traditional and customary public uses and appropriate public compensation, which must be made in consultation with local municipal officials as required by 12 MRS §1862(9). In doing so, the City Manager is authorized and directed to work to secure the greatest practicable and fair public benefit for the residents of and visitors to Rockland and its harbor. Such public benefit may include but is not limited to:

1) Permanent pedestrian access to and appropriate physical maintenance of portions of the Harbor Trail that cross private property.

2) Permanent pedestrian access to the marina expansion described herein.

3) Financial compensation to cover the costs of relocation of municipal moorings necessary to accommodate the marina expansion described herein.

4) Convenient public access to and navigation of the municipal channel.”

City councilors have indicated that Safe Harbor has made concessions that are acceptable to them since the original plan was submitted slightly more than three years ago.

Both the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the state Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are reviewing the proposed marina expansion.

The project would include dredging an area 138,000 square feet, according to the application. The expansion of the float system would include four 150-foot long fingers to the east of the main pier; a 90-foot finger to the west; and both a 115-foot long and a 172-foot string of floats to the west.