Maine island community discusses secession from Portland

Posted Dec. 08, 2010, at 8:24 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Residents of a Maine island that is a part of the city of Portland are going to consider whether to launch an effort to secede from the city.

Peaks islanders are being invited to a meeting on Saturday to discuss the issue.

A similar effort failed four years ago when the Legislature refused to go along.

Some islanders feel the city is ignoring their needs. For example, islanders asked for a greater police presence and more financial help for the ferry that serves the island. Instead, the city reduced both.

Meeting organizer Sid Gerard tells the Portland Press Herald that if a majority indicates an interest in secession, they will seek a state legislator to introduce a secession bill.