A question about water access

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Lenny
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A question about water access

What are peoples thoughts about the State purchasing small (less than 10 acres), waterfront parcels to provide public access for boating and recreation? Do you think this is a proper expenditure of taxpayer money? What if any problems do you have with this? :?: Im curious as to what the general perception is.

I should clarify, these properties could be anywhere in the state, not just the remote areas. Oceanfront also.

Robert
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I have mixed feelings, but we have to do something about the massholes that by up this property and promptly shut it down.

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Pretty tough to buy any when the native Mainer NIMBYs all put up a stink whenever the state tries to place a public boat launch on "their" lake. See Ellwsworth as an example.

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As much as I'm against too much gov. spending....

I have to believe that this could be a good idea if we aren't paying an exhorbitant price. As someone who loves to fish, I can tell you that shore access is a difficult thing to find. At least this is an investment that even Baldacci can't tank....wait a minute do I see high parking fees. O.K. maybe they can.

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The State already owns land by Branch Lake, and wants to put in a boat launch. The City of Ellsworth is blocking the effort.

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Could someone share what reasons Ellsworth gives for blocking this? Just curious. I believe that without public access, there are no fish stocking programs?

Mainelion
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Because the locals want a private playground. They don't want to share "their lake" with the rest of us Mainers. The reasons they give are the same old FUDD. Congestion, pollution, potential spread of milfoil. Anything they can use to make the lake their private retreat.

Butch Moore
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Are they locals or people from away who have retired here?

pmconusa
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People in Brunswick have been blocking a state boat launch at Mere Point for years, so its not only lakes. This is high value real estate.

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I think it's a much better use of some of our cash we're currently useing to "save" land for our future.

Ok, since I fish, but don't hunt maybe I'm biased on this issue.

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[quote] 1/3/09
[b]Boat launch issue headed back to court[/b]
By Diana Bowley
BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — A dispute over the location of a primitive boat launch on Lake Wassookeag that is near the public water intake system is headed back to court.

The boat launch has been used over the years by owners of larger boats who can’t gain access to the big lake from the state’s boat launch on the smaller part of the lake because it is restricted by limited clearance under the bridge that connects the two.[/quote]

[url=http://www.bangornews.com/detail/96392.html]Source[/url]

matt8888
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Well..... the state only has to buy 1 boat launch on every lake just once and it can be enjoyed forever. So, yes, I am for it.

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I think it is a great idea. Specifically on our rivers we need more access points. A few acres in the right place can put miles of river once hard to access back into play for everyone.

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[quote="rklindell"]The State already owns land by Branch Lake, and wants to put in a boat launch. The City of Ellsworth is blocking the effort.[/quote]

Have there been public hearings?

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[quote="matt8888"]Well..... the state only has to buy 1 boat launch on every lake just once and it can be enjoyed forever. So, yes, I am for it.[/quote]

LOL! Your naivety makes me laugh. Maybe that works on some pond/puddle in certain areas, but I'd love to see how 1 boat launch on Moosehead, Sebago or any of the Longs would work.

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I'm not saying lakes should only have 1 public launch.

Don't you agree that even 1 boat launch is better than none?

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Naran resurrected this thread by linking to a story about the Dexter Utilities District opposing the State’s plan to upgrade a primitive boat launch to a permanent boat launch. The utility opposed the move because the public water supply’s intake is just 681 feet away.

On this point, I agree with the Utility that this is not a good location to upgrade a long existing primitive installation to a buffed up permanent facility.

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Northarrow, I agree with you on this. Also, the fact that the boats that aren't able to clear the bridge into the main lake are few and far between. This is a local issue which is overcast by strong feelings from a small number; not really within the realm of the original thread's purpose.

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Dexter has been screwing around with fisherman in that lake for years. They had a case go to the supreme court in Maine and lost when they tried to prohibit certain aspects of fishing in the winter. Much of it has to so with the placing and retrieving of ice shanties. I think this might be their latest attempt to keep the ice shacks off the lake as I think this is the launch they use to access the lake.

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