DEP: landowner violated resource protection act

By Stephanie Grinnell | Apr 22, 2014

Lincolnville — A judge entered a default judgement and order against Richard Rosenberg in March 2014 for failure to appear on charges of violating the Natural Resources and Protection Act.

Rosenberg constructed a patio and retaining wall adjacent to Levenseller Pond as well as disturbing soil and bringing in crushed stone, according to a monthly enforcement report from the Maine Department of Environmental Resources. A portion of a dock and two barges or dock structures also had been constructed without the proper permits, the report states.

Rosenberg violated the act "by performing or causing to be performed, filling, displacing soil or other material adjacent to a great pond, and constructing or altering permanent structures in and adjacent to a great pond without first obtaining a permit from the department," the report states.

Rosenberg was offered three options — to submit after-the-fact applications for the work, to submit a restoration plan or to remove the structures in violation. A $4,490 fine was also imposed.

According to previously published reports, Rosenberg has a long history of land use violations in the town going back to 2002. Two judgements have already been levied against Rosenberg, one in 2002 and another in 2011. It was reported in 2002 that Rosenberg, who owns several Lincolnville parcels, had ignored two stop-work orders from the town while performing renovations to a cottage at 13 Rosenberg Road.

More recently, a more than $23,000 judgement in favor of the town was granted when a judge found that Rosenberg had illegally removed natural vegetation in the shoreland buffer zone.

Selectmen in December 2012 again authorized legal action against Rosenberg for the docks and barge. According to previously published reports, Town Attorney Sally Daggett was authorized "to take any and all action — including, without limitation, filing in state court for the land use violations recently identified by the [Code Enforcement Officer] in 2001 that have not yet been cured."

Rosenberg has not returned an email request for comment.

Courier Publications Editor Stephanie Grinnell can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at

Comments (5)
Posted by: Glenn Billington | Apr 23, 2014 16:58

His plan was to put airstream campers on the barges and then rent them out to vacationers. He promoted a web site called but neglected to have the web site created or registered.

The taxpayers on Levenseller pond deserve to be protected by the State Law. Those running for the House of Representatives should know this.

Posted by: KERYN LAITE | Apr 22, 2014 20:10

Things may look all fine and dandy, but there is a process for which property owners need to follow , ie; proper permits and site plan approval all of which this property owner refuses to adhere to. This isn't just about replacing a few windows and painting some trim.  Just saying

Posted by: Sonja Sleeper | Apr 22, 2014 17:09

A Scofflaw if you will.  On the face of it, it does not appear that he has caused irreparable damage to the area.  Nothing more than an individual would want to do to their property to better enjoy their time there.  If the man has the money to spend there is not much one can do about it is there.


Posted by: KERYN LAITE | Apr 22, 2014 12:23

Think about that......a "barge" in Leveseller Pond...... now that is something

Posted by: Amanda Parten | Apr 22, 2014 10:50

As an owner of resource protected property, I find Mr. Roseberg's actions more than disturbing. It appears very clear that Mr. Rosenberg has no regard to the natural order of our environment, nor the subsequent fines that have been issued to him. Perhaps ordering this man to take unlimited classes of what takes place during and AFTER such violations, might open his eyes? But in truth, I think this man is a selfish and greedy individual with no regard to anyone or anything but himself. Shame on you, Mr. Rosenberg.

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