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Maine Renews Lease on Crescent Beach Park

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March 8, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The state of Maine has signed a five-year lease extension for much of the land that makes up Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth.

The leased portion of Crescent Beach State Park includes approximately 1,000 feet of beach as well as the entrance road, control station, hiking trails and a portion of the parking lot, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry, Division of Parks and Public Lands announced the deal today (March 8). It means a 100-acre parcel owned by The Sprague Corp. will remain part of the park and it ends months of speculation about the future of the popular sandy beach.

“We are very pleased with the way this has turned out,” Will Harris, director of the Division of Parks and Lands, said in the news release. “This will give us significant time to seek an even more permanent resolution for Crescent Beach. I think both sides have worked well to reach this point.”

Seth Sprague, president of The Sprague Corp., said in the release: “Our family is pleased that this parcel will continue to be part of the park. Credit to all involved for persevering to find a positive outcome.”

The $100,000 per-year lease covers a 100-acre parcel that abuts state-owned land and has been used as a part of the park since 1961. The leased portion includes approximately 1,000 feet of beach as well as the entrance road, control station, hiking trails and a portion of the parking lot.

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