Portland tells OccupyMaine members they must decide next move by Thursday

Posted Dec. 10, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine The city has given members of OccupyMaine a Thursday deadline to decide their next move.

On Friday, Portland City Manager Mark Rees sent a letter to OccupyMaine attorney John Branson requesting that the group communicates their plans to the city by 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

Rees’ letter states the group can either disband the encampment, try the judicial system or seek a new permit that meets city codes.

“We will not take any action to remove any structures or any of the members of Occupy Maine in the interim, and we will provide you and your clients at least 48 hours prior written notice of any such action,” Rees wrote.

The letter was sent in response to the City Council’s decision Wednesday to deny OccupyMaine’s petition for a permit at Lincoln Park.

The city determined the encampment violates city laws about camping in Lincoln Park between 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., and safety and health questions were also a concern.

To view the letter, click here.

To view video of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, click here.