Seawall Road Storm Surge

This 2018 photo shows a storm surge on Seawall Road (State Highway 102). The Southwest Harbor Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force wants to work with Maine Department of Transporation and Acadia National Park to understand their plans for preventing coastal erosion and flooding in this area.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Comprehensive Plan Update Task Force has finalized recommendations to update the 2010 comprehensive plan. The updates will be submitted to the Select Board and reviewed during a meeting on Dec. 13. Once approved by the board, the updates will be up for voter approval at the May 2023 town meeting and will be available on the town website.

The task force was asked to review and update the Southwest Harbor 2010 Comprehensive Plan in three focus areas: storm water runoff and infiltration; coastal erosion; and workforce and affordable housing. The task force has been conducting research, interviews, discussions and constructive deliberations since July 2022 and held a public information session Oct. 5.


Piper Curtin covers municipal government in Southwest Harbor and arts for Mount Desert Island. She recently moved to Southwest Harbor after graduating from St. Lawrence University. Piper welcomes tips and story ideas.

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