Quarry was abandoned

To the Editor:

The lead editorial (“A crossroads for Maine’s economy) in the Nov. 30 edition of the Islander includes the statement: “folks have purchased property next to a quarry, in a village named after a quarry and then become upset when the quarry operates.”

I would be amongst the first to join in with the sentiment of this editorial and say “tough luck” to anyone who purchases property next to a loud and active quarry and then complains about the noise.

However, the author of this editorial misses a crucial point. The people who purchased property in Hall Quarry purchased lots and houses next to an abandoned quarry — an idyllic place where people used to walk their dogs and let their children play. A place where the hiking group Footloose Friends has routinely walked throughout the years.

There are hundreds of abandoned quarries in the state of Maine and several on this island where residential neighborhoods have sprouted up because, according to Mount Desert ordinances, once a quarry ceases to remove stone from the bedrock for a certain period of time, there is no longer a “quarry” and certainly there is no active quarrying going on.

The Planning Board and Planning Board of Appeals agreed that the quarry was abandoned due to inactivity.

Blaming property owners for impeding the advancement of Maine’s economy because they are upset about an abandoned quarry being unlawfully resurrected in a residential neighborhood after decades of inactivity is just plain wrong.

Janet Leston Clifford

Hall Quarry

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