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December 31, 2018

Portland names members of a new city Waterfront Working Group

Photo / Peter Van Allen
Photo / Peter Van Allen
A view of the site for the proposed $40 million Fisherman's Wharf mixed-use development project on Portland's Commercial Street.

Portland has named 10 stakeholders to its new Waterfront Working Group, which will work intensely over the next six months to address key issues during the time a moratorium is in place for non-marine use expansion in the Waterfront Central Zone.

The six-month moratorium was approved by Portland City Council at its Dec. 17 meeting. City Manager Jon Jennings had proposed the measure to impose a 180-day moratorium to most non-marine development within the mixed-use Waterfront Central Zone. The city said it made the proposal in response to "significant overburdening of parking, traffic control and waterfront resources" in the area concerned.

Appointed to the group are:

  • Willis Spear, lobsterman, fishing vessel Providence.
  • Keith Laine, lobsterman.
  • Bill Coppersmith, lobsterman and vice president of the Maine Lobstering Union.
  • Charlie Poole, Union Wharf, Custom Float.
  • Steve DiMillo, Long Wharf, DiMillo's Restaurant and Marina.
  • Mike Alfiero, Holyoke Wharf, Harbor Fish Market.
  • Togue Brawn, Downeast Dayboat Scallops.
  • Becky Rand, Becky's Diner.
  • Cyrus Hagge, community member.
  • Dory Waxman, community member.

The group, along with city staff from various departments, will meet twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays at 3 p.m. in Room 24 of City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.

"The City of Portland fully supports, and will always support, the working waterfront," Jennings said in a news release announcing the appointments to the task force. "I greatly appreciate the willingness of this group to come together to address core issues so we can ensure the working waterfront exists for all future generations. We believe this process will allow us the time to develop policies that are good for everyone who enjoys Portland's waterfront."

The first meeting will be this Thursday at City Hall.

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