Controversy predicted over new village signs


MOUNT DESERT — Not everyone is going to like the new “wayfinding” signs that will be going up in Northeast Harbor later this spring, town officials admit.

The main complaint they expect to hear is that the signs “don’t look like Northeast Harbor.”

“I think they’re great, but there will be some controversy over them,” Town Manager Durlin Lunt said at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last week. “They won’t be universally loved.”

The purpose of the signs is to help guide visitors from Main Street to the marina area and then to their specific destinations, such as restrooms, the harbormaster’s office, information center or boat ticket office.

Landscape architect Sam Coplon designed the signs with input from the town’s traffic committee.

“These environmental graphics are intended to both get your attention and draw you to your destination,” he said.

The selectmen unanimously approved the installation of the signs, which Coplon said are expected to be in place for this year’s tourist season.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]