Saving Beachfront Properties - Maine's #1 Political Priority

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George Rheault

Jul 29, 2022, 7:58:06 AM7/29/22
Our Congressional Delegation is hard at work ignoring things like public transit and ramping up housing opportunities in favor of protecting expensive shorefront seasonal cottages.

It is not a surprise that a conservative news outlet is giving Susan Collins credit here, but goodness gracious, what is Angus and Pingree doing endorsing this kind of thing?

Zack Barowitz

Jul 29, 2022, 8:16:29 AM7/29/22
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Camp Ellis is a wild place. The waterfront property there was actually the 2nd row of houses that have since fallen into the brink. They've tried just about everything to prevent the sea from taking the next row. Anything they do just seems to be delaying the inevitable.

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George Rheault

Jul 29, 2022, 9:05:09 AM7/29/22
I just love the rationale here:  "This problem has been here for well over 100 years, but gosh darnit, we really need to throw an elementary school or two worths of money at it NOW."

Saco has helpfully compiled much of the saga including showing the "ghost parcels" already lost as mentioned by Zack:  Camp Ellis Section 111 (

All I know is Maine is perilously close to bankruptcy just keeping up with a lot of basic infrastructure, never mind promising to spend $45 million in precious resources protecting every square mile of threatened beachfront.  

George Rheault

Dec 8, 2022, 8:26:18 AM12/8/22
Of course wherever bad policy happens, Susan Collins is involved too: Congress poised to approve funding for project to control erosion at Camp Ellis - Portland Press Herald

If Chellie is successful in this boondoggle, she should turn next towards the ultimate lost cause:  getting back her former father-in-law's cattle ranch in Cuba: Fidel Castro still owes quiet Beaufort philanthropist Sumner Pingree Jr. | The State  The expropriation of the ranch only dates back to early 1960 as part of the Cuban Revolution: 2269-2276.pdf (, so basically almost yesterday compared to the Camp Ellis saga... 
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