Press Release

Workshop on protecting the working waterfront and preserving public access to the shore

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Striking a Balance organizers announce the 27th forum in the development-related workshop series from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the VFW Hall at 419 Main St.(Washington Junction Road) in Ellsworth. The topic will be preserving the working waterfront. The session qualifies for education credits for assessors, code enforcement officers and local plumbing inspectors. The session also will interest and planning board members.

While fishing is an important part of the Maine economy according to Hancock County Planning Commission Executive Director Tom Martin, the working waterfront is gradually disappearing. About 20 miles of Maine’s approximately 5,300 miles of coastline provide all-tide working waterfront access. Only 45, or 33 percent, of Maine’s coastal towns have some type of water-dependent use zoning protecting 150 miles, less than 3 percent) of coastline.

Speakers include Natalie Springuel of the Maine Seagrant Program, who will discuss the status of public access in Maine. Matt Nixon of the Maine Coastal Program will review non-regulatory approaches to protecting the waterfront such as various grant programs. Dick Clime, of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. will discuss taxation and other tools to preserve public access.

Participants must register by June 24. Registration at the door is not possible. A registration fee of $18 will include a light meal and materials. Please note that doors will open at 5 p.m. for registration and the meal. The program will begin at promptly 6 p.m.

Striking a Balance was developed to address issues related to land development in Hancock County. Striking a Balance has been very well received, often attracting more than 100 participants consisting of municipal officials, real estate agents, code enforcement officers, developers, and the community at large. Funding was provided in part by the Maine Coastal Program.

To register, or for more information, please contact Sheri Walsh, HCPC Administrative Assistant/Planning Technician, at 667-7131 or

Contact: Tom Martin, HCPC Executive Director

395 State St.

Ellsworth, ME 04605

207-667-7131 (office)

207-667-2099 (fax)