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Maine Park Debate Highlights Land Uses

August 15, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

One of the largest businesses in Maine’s richest community has joined the growing list of groups calling on the state to resolve its ongoing dispute regarding lease terms at Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth.

Rauni Kew, director of public relations and green programs at Cape Elizabeth’s Inn By the Sea, said the hotel is “very concerned” about plans to move the beach’s 870-spot public parking area from its location near the mile-long beach on the south side of the hotel to a spot on the inn’s northern side, between it and the Richmond Terrace development, KeepMeCurrent.com reported.

Those plans stem from the state’s inability to come to terms with the Sprague Corp., which owns most of the 187-acre park, including access to the parking lot from Route 77.

“Inn by the Sea believes it is in everyone’s best interests to use the existing entrance to the park, and not create a new entrance,” Kew said on Monday. “We hope the Sprague Corp. and the state will come to an equitable and fair agreement before the looming deadline of Sept. 1.”

However, Will Harris, director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Conservation, said there is no “hard and fast” date to do a deal with the lease.

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