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Portland City Council on Monday unanimously backed a six-month pause on waterfront development and called for the creation of a task force to study traffic congestion and related issues. City Manager Jon Jennings proposed the measure last week to impose a 180-day moratorium to most non-marine development within the mixed-use Waterfront Central Zone, saying it was necessary to take a closer look at the "significant overburdening of parking, traffic control and waterfront resources" in the area concerned. The moratorium comes amid concerns by pier owners and several fisherman's groups over several proposed projects, including Bateman Partners LLP's planned $40 million mixed-use development project on Fisherman's Wharf. Two weeks ago, citing development proposals in Boothbay Harbor and the fact that 16 buildings had been demolished in the last two years, Maine Preservation asked the town to take a closer look at how it's managing historic and cultural resources, including its working waterfront. And in the midcoast region, Rockland's City Council this summer was presented with recommendations from three advisory groups urging the city to consider limits on cruise ships. Other coastal communities are dealing with similar issues related to their waterfronts in response to increasing cruise ship traffic and other development pressures. So we wonder:
Does Maine need to refocus on protecting working waterfronts from new development pressures?

12/20/18 AT 07:29 AM
Residential property or office space provides little to the economy except during the actual construction period, after that is it nothing more than a tax ratable. We need jobs to keep the waterfront vibrant.

12/19/18 AT 02:41 PM
Without the working charm of the waterfront, there would be no development.

12/19/18 AT 01:47 PM
We need a balance in our coastal communities that gives towns a steady revenue stream from non-marine-related business while hoping the fish stocks will recover to keep our fisheries robust for a lifetime. Local officials simply need to be intentional about their balancing act.

12/19/18 AT 01:38 PM
Once working waterfront is gone, it's gone. Fishermen don't have the option of keeping their boats anywhere else; same with bait suppliers, lobster buyers and most boatyards.

12/19/18 AT 12:25 PM
It is important to protect the uniqueness of the working waterfront that was part of the original development plan.

12/19/18 AT 12:12 PM
Absolutely. Too much frontage has been given up already and we need Maine resource-based businesses to thrive if we want to have a healthy economy.