Permit granted for Hancock Point dock

HANCOCK — A permit was granted last week to build a dock at Hancock Point, a proposal that has generated controversy among some local residents.

The project was modified so that it no longer required the scrutiny of the Planning Board, said Code Enforcement Officer John Larson.

“They went from a permanent pier to a temporary, which gives me the authority to issue the permit,” he said.

Larson said he granted the permit March 25.

John Linnehan, pastor of The Gospel Church in Ellsworth, plans to build a set of stairs that lead from a .7-acre, triangular-shaped lot on Bay Drive down to the beach.

Linnehan said the stairs and floating dock would be used by members of his congregation and would be available to anyone in the community.

Several local residents complained the dock would draw too many vehicles to the narrow road, that there is scant parking and that kayaking from that spot — as Linnehan has spoken about — is treacherous.

Larson said the permit was obtained by Susan Scherbel, who helped arrange the sale of the land from John Bapst High School in Bangor to Linnehan.

Scherbel had donated the property to the high school, but the school decided to sell it after it found no readily available use for the property.

Larson said that technically the permit is known as a permit by rule, which covers any construction within 75 feet of the shoreline.

He said anyone who has any objections has 30 days to appeal his decision.

“It could be anyone who has an easement, or is an abutter, or anybody who has a concern about whether it might be detrimental to the value of their property,” Larson said.

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Jacqueline Weaver

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