Lobster lease extended five years at Rockport Harbor

By Gabriel Blodgett | Jan 14, 2020
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett Mainely Lobster and the Town of Rockport have agreed to extend the company's lease at Rockport Harbor for five years.

Rockport — The Town of Rockport and Mainely Lobster came to an agreement to extend the company’s lease at the harbor for five years.

The new lease increases the yearly cost by $2,100 to $4,300 in the first year and $200 each year for the remainder of the agreement.

Mainely Lobster will also begin paying for the cost of the dumpster rental on the commercial side of the harbor, which Town Manager William Post said costs roughly $2,200 per year.

Harbormaster Abbie Leonard said the renegotiation was part of an ongoing effort to make sure all of the leases at the harbor are equitable for all parties involved.

Post said the Harbor Committee played a key role in providing their input on the lease.

Mainely Lobster, which buys from lobster fishermen off the commercial floats at the harbor, has been operating in Rockport for the last five years, according to Leonard who said it has been productive to have all the lobster fishermen selling to the same company as opposed to looking for better rates in other local harbors.

“Everyone seems to be happy with the level of service,” said Leonard, adding that in negotiations, both parties were “eager to get it done.”

The previous lease ran for three years and ended on Dec. 31, 2019.

 

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