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Maine coast becomes a liiittle bit more accessible

September 15 2010 | Beach access, Jim's Blog,
by Jim

The cold, hard truth is that the state of Maine is in the running for having the worst coastal access of all 50 states. "Of the more than 1,500 coastal access points from Kittery to Eastport, 66 percent are privately owned." Statements like this paint the picture that you cannot easily access the coast. Surfrider fights for coastal access everywhere. We believe it's an individual's right. So we were excited when one more beach became accessible in Maine. Here's the scoop. The owners of a 1.55-acre property wanted to protect it to support access to the beach, and Town of Scarborough residents agreed, voting in November 2009 to approve a $1 million bond toward the purchase of a parking lot and a separate 10.3-acre property along the Nonesuch River. Surfrider Foundation, an early advocate for maintaining the parking lot, asked the Maine office of The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national conservation organization, to help secure the properties. Having also attracted the support of the Land for Maine's Future Program, TPL negotiated agreements with the landowners, purchased the properties, and has conveyed both to the Town of Scarborough. More.
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