Portland zoning changes could alter waterfront

Posted Dec. 22, 2010, at 6:29 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Changes could be coming to the waterfront in Portland.

The city council has adopted new zoning regulations that would allow for more non-marine uses of the city’s major piers and wharves.

Some commercial fishermen say they worry the new rules could eventually displace them from the waterfront.

Mayor Nicholas Mavodones says the zoning change means that as much as 45 percent of the space on the first floor of a building between the Maine State Pier and the International Marine Terminal can be rented for non-marine uses.

Steve DiMillo, whose family owns Long Wharf, tells the Portland Press Herald the changes will give pier owners more income to pay for expensive maintenance and dredging because non-marine tenants pay higher rents.

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