Harbor rules off table

TREMONT — Two years of work came to an abrupt halt last week when the harbor committee, in a split vote, failed to send proposed changes to the harbor management ordinance on to selectmen for inclusion on the warrant for the annual town meeting.

The motion failed in a 3-3 vote, according to Harbor Master Greg Dow.

Dow said the Feb. 26 meeting adjourned immediately after the vote, and that there was no discussion of whether to continue work on a new ordinance. In any case, the deadline for inclusion on the warrant has passed, Dow noted.

For now, Dow said, “We stick with our old ordinance.”

Proposed updates to the ordinance included bringing the document in compliance with federal requirements regarding the federally dredged area of Bass Harbor. The stickiest requirement deals with service floats and moorings used by boatyards. Federal regulations prohibit a commercial entity from owning floats and moorings in the dredge area.

Earlier in the meeting, the committee approved a proposed fee change for commercial businesses using the wharf or town property to transport marine products. The committee is proposing that the current $2,500 fee be increased to $5,000. This mainly affects commercial lobster buyers, Dow said.

The fee change will go before voters at the May town meeting.

Mark Good

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