April 26, 2018
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Bridgton voters reject ban on big-box stores, fast-food

The Associated Press

BRIDGTON, Maine — Voters in this Maine town said “no” to proposals to ban big-box stores and fast-food restaurants.

In separate items put before voters on Tuesday, by ratios of more than 2-to-1, voters rejected proposals to limit retail developments to 30,000 square feet and restaurants with standardized features such as the name, uniforms, architecture and signs.

One of the Bridgton residents who backed the bans still calls the votes a moral victory.

Scott Finlayson says it marked the first time in 30 years the town has talked about development planning.

The Portland Press Herald says the ballot questions were prompted by development in recent years along a portion of Portland Road — Route 302 — just south of downtown Bridgton.

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