Beauty scale

Opponents fail to block 300ft private dock in Lincolnville

Lincolnville residents narrowly rejected a moratorium on the construction of private piers, voting 78 to 70 against the measure at a special town meeting on Wednesday night.

The moratorium was put on the reunion mandate after 184 residents signed a citizens’ petition calling for a pause in development of the private pier. The petition has been circulating in the coastal community after private landowners proposed to build a 300ft recreational pier off their beachfront property at Shag Rock Point. As of this week, the city has not received a request to build the pier, according to city administrator David Kinney.

John Pincince, a resident concerned about what he called “off-scale” coastal development, helped start the petition. He and others opposed to the pier believe it would spoil an undisturbed stretch of coastline, detract from scenic beauty, and harm navigation and public use of the intertidal zone.

He said on Friday he appreciated people participating in the democratic process on the issue, even if the vote did not go the way he wanted.

“I’m obviously disappointed,” he said. “I don’t believe the problem is solved.”

If built as proposed, the pier that sparked the petition would be roughly the same size as the Maine State Ferry Service pier at Lincolnville Beach, which is located about half a mile north of the private property. Her owners planned to use the private jetty for swimming, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking and mooring a boat with a four-foot draft, such as a dayailer or motor yacht, according to a permit application filed with from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. .

For his part, Pincince said concerns about coastal development will not go away just because the moratorium has been rejected.

“The issue is still problematic, in terms of development along this pristine, undeveloped coastline,” he said. “I’m not giving up, because it’s too important.”

Going forward, he hopes the conversation about coastal development will continue in Lincolnville.

“What I would like to do is respond to concerns and see if there is a way to get municipal officials to address development issues on the coast, especially any kind of development that seems out of scale or that doesn’t fit the area,” Pincince says. “We are not talking about preventing or prohibiting the establishment of moorings, or anything like that. This is truly a time to reflect, reflect and come together as a community, as we did the other night.