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Long-planned project would ensure public access to harbor

Owls Head eyes new town pier

By Stephen Betts | Jan 10, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Owls Head Planning Board is scheduled to review Monday evening plans for a 210-foot long town-owned pier to serve commercial and recreational boaters.

Owls Head — The Owls Head Planning Board is scheduled to review Monday evening the proposed town dock, a project that has been under consideration for more than a decade.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 13.

The project calls for a 210-foot long, 5-foot wide aluminum dock with an 80-foot gangway that is handicapped accessible.

This is the final permit needed for the project to come to fruition after years of planning. Harbor Committee member Richard Carver said the town has received the permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The plan is for dredging to be done by Prock Marine after November 2020 when the fishing season is completed.

At a special town meeting in April 2016, residents approved the purchase of a 1.69-acre harbor property to ensure public and commercial use for residents. That property is adjacent to a plot of land the town already owns, which is currently used for parking.

Plans for a park and walking trails on the shore side of the proposed new dock have already been approved.

The dock will serve commercial and recreational boats.

The overall park and pier project will cost about $370,000.

The town currently has a lease agreement through December 2021 with Ship to Shore Lobster LLC for public access to the harbor. The town has used this pier for public access since 1966 when it acquired a 50-year easement from Peter Reed Jr.

The town began discussions for a dock of its own since at least 2006.

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