June 20, 2018
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Rockland settles lawsuit over damage to fishing pier

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The city has settled a lawsuit it filed last month against the owner of a herring boat for damage done to the municipal fish pier.

A notice of dismissal was filed last week in Knox County Superior Court in the lawsuit filed by Rockland against Western Sea Inc.

Rockland City Attorney Kevin Beal said Monday that the Western Sea’s insurance carrier paid $20,000 to the city’s insurance company. Repairs to the pier totaled $29,000, Beal said.

He said the cost to the city was $4,177 as part of its insurance deductible.

The city’s lawsuit claimed that in April 2009, the Western Sea was docked at the city-owned fish pier. The boat owner was well aware, according to the lawsuit, that when a high wind is predicted boats such as the Western Sea should not be docked on the east side of the pier.

The boat was not moved and it struck the pier, causing damage.

The Western Sea continues to dock at the city fish pier.

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