Money falls short of what is needed for project

Rockland lands $350,000 grant for fish pier

By Stephen Betts | Aug 07, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Rockland Fish Pier needs repairs.

Rockland — The city netted one of its largest hauls last week when it was announced Rockland had received a $350,000 grant to renovate the municipal fish pier.

But the amount is less than what is needed to complete the project.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced the federal grant award Friday, Aug. 4. Rockland was one of two Maine communities to receive a grant as part of the Northern Border Regional Commission.

“The investments being made today will directly support and create jobs for our state by making economic growth possible. In Rockland, an aging fish pier that’s vital to the working waterfront will get a much-needed upgrade," Pingree said in a news release.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said Friday that the city has learned unofficially, however, that it did not receive another grant it had sought to upgrade the pier and add docking space for cruise ships off Harbor Park.

The fish pier work is to include dredging and repairs to the deteriorating structure.

Luttrell said city staff will meet Thursday, Aug. 10, to determine what will be the next step. He said the Maine Department of Transportation may be kicking in an additional $200,000 for the pier.

The state purchased the former McLoon Wharf in 1986 and turned it over to the city, which has operated it as a fish pier since May 1988. The city had a series of private managers running the pier through contracts, but the facility is now part of the the municipal harbor waterfront department.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 10, 2017 08:27

Although I fail to see how tourism helps the single family home taxpayer it is important to the area. To my knowledge, my sleep hasn't been interrupted by a cruise ship visitor although it is a weekly occurrence by the locals that imbibe at the local gin mills.

Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Aug 09, 2017 18:56



Representative Pingree’s bill defines water-dependent commercial activities to include “commercial fishing, recreational fishing, tourism, aquaculture, boatbuilding, transportation,” as well as, somewhat ambiguously, “many other water-dependent businesses.” H.R. 2548, 111th Cong. (May 21, 2009). on paper, Rockland could preserve the "working waterfront" and still get rid of all the fishermen . . .

I would like to see council enact a proclamation supporting the local fisheries and preserving the Municipal Fish Pier for fisheries for perpetuity . . . .


Also would like to know how much of all the different grants are to be used specifically on the Fish Pier.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 08, 2017 10:59

Please, no cruise chips in Rockland.


Posted by: Randall Parsons | Aug 08, 2017 08:46

Please no cruise ships in Rockland!!!

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