CRANBERRY ISLES — As a result of concerns raised by town officials and others, a property owner’s plan to build a 350-foot private dock from the point of land on Islesford called The Maypole has been put on hold.
The dock would reach into The Gut, the channel of water between Islesford and Great Cranberry Island.
The 8.6-acre lot at the tip of The Maypole, at the end of Sand Beach Road, was purchased last year by Greg Goodman of Lexington, Ky. He and his wife own Mt. Brilliant Farm in Lexington, which breeds race horses and polo ponies.
Goodman has applied to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a permit to build the dock. But Roger St. Amand of Atlantic Resource Co., LLC in Tremont, who worked with Goodman on plans for the dock, said Wednesday that he has notified the DEP that “we are looking at other options and wanted to address some of the concerns the town raised.”
St. Amand provides site development planning and environmental permitting services.
At the request of the Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen two weeks ago, the town’s harbor committee reviewed Goodman’s plan for the dock. Committee Chairman Ted Spurling said in an April 10 letter to the selectmen that the committee had several concerns, including the plan to build the dock over the only electricity and telephone cable that connects Islesford to Great Cranberry Island and Mount Desert Island.
“The proposed dock would sit over a section of the existing cable and would complicate maintenance of the cable and its eventual replacement,” Spurling said.
He also said the location of the dock “could potentially cause damage to the cable from boats or other activities on or around the dock.”
Katelyn Damon, the town’s public safety coordinator, had told the selectmen at their April 2 meeting that power company Emera Maine had serious concerns about the proposal to build the dock over the power cable.
The proposed dock also would create a hazard to navigation, Spurling said in his letter to the selectmen.
“The channel is a major access in and out of the harbor to open water for local fishermen and recreational boaters,” he wrote. “The 350-foot dock would extend 170 feet beyond the sub-tidal zone, and with the addition of a float and gangway, it would extend another 63 feet. This would present a navigation hazard for vessels going through the area, particularly during foggy conditions and during low tides.”
A third concern of the harbor committee, Spurling said, was the potential disturbance of ell grass beds. He said those beds provide “a significant and productive habitat for lobsters and are very important for the local lobster fishery.”
Members of the Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-Op also had expressed concerns about the proposed dock.
The board of selectmen relayed the harbor committee’s concerns to the DEP in a letter dated April 16.
Goodman purchased the lot on The Maypole through an entity he set up called Llano Estacado LLC. The land is assessed for tax purposes at nearly $1.07 million. The house on the lot is assessed at $145,700.