Portland rethinking use of its wharves

Posted Aug. 19, 2010, at 8:03 a.m.

The New York Times reports that a group of Portland wharf owners wants the city to re-examine its restrictions around wharf use, allowing broader types of business.

The owners say can no longer afford to care for the aging structures with the rents they get from fishermen and point to bleak statistics: landings at Portland’s seafood auction, for example, dropped to 6.3 million pounds last year from 17 million in 2006.

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