Waldo Cty Commissioners: Leave Sears Island Alone

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Waldo Cty Commissioners: Leave Sears Island Alone

[i]Editor's Note: Another vote to retain this coastal money pit as a Frisbee Park. Dumb, but no surprise.[/i]

Waldo Cty News
7/14/06

Leave Sears Island alone, say county commissioners

By Peter Taber

The growing faction that wants to see Sears Island preserved in its present wild state gained a boost Tuesday when the Waldo County Commissioners went on record as favoring the same thing. A resolution signed by the three commissioners considers the 941-acre island's intrinsic assets and concludes it should be "set aside as land to be retained in its natural state for the use and enjoyment of the public."

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Dan Billings
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Dumb, yes.

But what really scares me is when politicians talk about the government developing property. That really ends up costing us money.

If the government is going to own land, doing nothing with it is the least expensive option.

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That's just what Waldo County needs...More "open space" for people to let their dogs run around and crap all over the place.Like we don't have enough dog $hit covered open space as it is. :roll: And we don't need all the tax revenue and jobs that would be generated by allowing developement. Nope,we like things just the way they are. :evil:

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Earl, What would you like to see done with Sears Island?

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I would like it sold to the highest bidder and put back on the tax rolls.I think the LANDOWNER should have the most say on what will happen to it. Instead they will"preserve" it and next year Searsport and Waldo County will be fighting with the State over who is gonna pay for trash removal,NEW ATV's for Searsport PD, WCSO, and Rescue,Maint.,Park attendents,ect. This is gonna cost us and we can't AFFORD more property taxes... :evil:

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Earl -

I keep thinking Maine taxpayers have already ponied up about $22 million for Sears Island - much of that amount, perhaps all of that amount, with the expectation that the island would become a deep water port.

Is that your recollection?

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When King decided to buy the rest island that the state did not already own, the plan for the port was already dead. It was sold as a way to keep the possibility of the port alive in the future.

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I'll have to dig out my Sears Island clips. I thought Maine taxpayers dumped millions into the island before King was even governor.

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They did. That is correct. But the state only owned part of the island until the late 1990's. When the rest of the island was bought, the main idea was to keep it for the future. The port idea had died. There was no development plan.

Would there even be demand for a port now? With our manufacturing base greatly reduced, I wonder.

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The only way Sears Island will not become a Green trophy is if it becomes an issue in the Governor's race. This seems unlikely, but watch Barbara Merrill very carefully.

If Woodcock backs the government solution (a la Susan Collins in 1994 backing car-testing and the Feds), it's a big opening for Merrill to make waves on the issue and go after moderates and independents.

So as Maine and the U.S. struggle with energy independence and high energy prices, we're going to lock up an economic and energy infrastructure prize to keep the anti-globalization watermelon forces happy.

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[quote="Dan Billings"]

Would there even be demand for a port now? With our manufacturing base greatly reduced, I wonder.[/quote]

Good question, Dan. Maybe an answer could be found in how Mack Point in Searsport is doing. Unless they're operating at near capacity, perhaps another midcoast port isn't needed.

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[quote="Jon Reisman"]The only way Sears Island will not become a Green trophy is if it becomes an issue in the Governor's race. This seems unlikely, but watch Barbara Merrill very carefully.

If Woodcock backs the government solution (a la Susan Collins in 1994 backing car-testing and the Feds), it's a big opening for Merrill to make waves on the issue and go after moderates and independents.

So as Maine and the U.S. struggle with energy independence and high energy prices, we're going to lock up an economic and energy infrastructure prize to keep the anti-globalization watermelon forces happy.[/quote]

Have you seen Merrill's latest ad? She is playing to the greenies.

How is Sears Island an energy resource?

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A new snag in the saga of

A new snag in the saga of Searsport
State transportation officials see a cargo terminal on Sears Island despite a lack of interest and an ongoing controversy.

By BETH QUIMBY, Staff Writer December 27, 2009

In mid-October, the Maine Port Authority asked more than 50 cargo terminal operators and other potential developers whether they would be interested in developing a terminal for container ships in Searsport.

Not one company responded by the Nov. 25 deadline.

The idea of a cargo port on the island dates back four decades...

...1996...the state had spent $15 million on the effort.

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=305241&ac=PHnws

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Think how much different

Think how much different Maine's economy would be if we had built a cargo port on Sears Island 40 years ago.

In exchange for not building we got what?

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