The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is scheduled to hear the appeal of Rockland area residents who oppose the planned expansion of the Safe Harbor Marinas Thursday, June 16.

The BEP meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the State Office Building — Marquardt, Room 118, 32 Blossom Lane in Augusta. A Zoom link for anyone who wants to participate remotely will be posted next week on the DEP website when the agenda will be posted. The link to the agendas is https://www.maine.gov/dep/bep/calendar.html

The appeal was filed Jan. 7 by 16 area residents of a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP Commissioner Melanie Loyzim signed in December an approval of a Natural Resources Protection Act permit for the expanded marina. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s submerged land division issued findings and gave preliminary approval for the expansion. Final approval of that awaited the end of the public response period on Jan. 7.

Filing the letter of appeal were: Steve Cartwright of Tenants Harbor, Nadine and Larry Bangerter of Rockland, Ken Wexler of Owls Head, Constance Hayes of Rockland, Rebecca Glaser of Rockport, Eileen Fitzgerald of Rockland, Kyle MacKenzie Swan of Rockland, Laurence Coe of Rockland, Ron Huber of Penobscot Bay Watch, Judy Pasqualge of Rockland, Virginia Noble of Rockland, Avis Turner of Rockland, Anne “Pinny” Beebe-Center of Rockland, Susan Beebe of Rockland, Isabella Feracci of Rockland, and Paul Rosen of Owls Head.

The appeal details each of the appellants concerns about the expansion. One concern listed is no approval should be granted until a signed agreement is reached to guarantee the public’s right to use the boardwalk that crosses Safe Harbor’s property.

The marina expansion was first proposed by Yachting Solutions in 2017 when it received a federal grant to help finance the expansion.