The public restrooms at the Northeast Harbor Marina have been vandalized repeatedly this summer and fall. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Marina restroom vandalism probed



MOUNT DESERT — Human excrement and squid ink have been used to create big, disgusting messes in the public restrooms at the Northeast Harbor Marina numerous times over the past few months, according to Harbormaster John Lemoine.

The most recent incident occurred the night of Oct. 11.

“It’s been happening frequently in the ladies’ room all summer long. I would say at least once a week,” Lemoine said. “There have been a couple of incidents in the men’s room.”

He said it always occurs during the overnight hours.

“It’s the nastiest thing you can imagine,” he said. “They smear it on the inside walls of the stalls.

“There has been squid, too,” Lemoine said. “Someone has gone in there with some squid and squirted the ink out of them all over the place.

“I don’t get it. They are beautiful bathrooms, and we have someone who cleans them seven days a week. We do the best we can to keep them nice.”

Lemoine said there are security cameras at the marina, but none of them shows the entrances to the restrooms, which are in the same building as the visitor information center.

Police Chief Jim Willis said his department has not yet identified any suspects in the vandalism.

“We’ve beefed up patrols, and I’ve talked with John [Lemoine], and we’re going to try to come up with some strategies and recommendations.”

He said installing a camera that shows the restroom entrances is one possibility.

“You could think about whether we should lock the restrooms at night, but that becomes problematic for people who use them,” Willis said. “So, we’re going to be looking at everything.”

The visitor center-restroom building was constructed as part of the 2011-2012 marina redevelopment project.

 

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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