Dock Plan Roils Waters Around Blue Hill Falls

BLUE HILL — A tempest is brewing on Blue Hill Bay, but it has nothing to do with the weather.

Earlier this year, a Blue Hill couple, D. Scott Miller and his wife, Ruth, applied to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a permit to build a pier on their property located south of Stills Point on Blue Hill Neck near Blue Hill Falls. The proposal calls for construction of a 5-foot-wide wooden walkway supported by five granite cribs extending over what are mostly boulder-strewn flats at low tide 280 feet from shore. A 60-foot ramp would run from the end to a float 14 feet wide and 40 feet long. The total length of the pier is approximately 347 feet.

The purpose for the pier is to give the Millers convenient access to their 40-foot sailboat Resolute for much of the tide. The boat is currently moored off their property.

The Millers also have applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Millers’ neighbors and owners of much of the shorefront property in the vicinity of Blue Hill Falls have voiced strong opposition to the pier. Marc Heilner, who owns the land to the north of the Millers, asked the DEP to hold a public hearing on the pier application. Late last month, DEP Acting Commissioner Patty Aho turned down his request.

“I’m going to appeal that,” Heilner said Monday morning.

Heilner said that “aesthetics” was the “key driver” to his opposition to the pier. The structure would lie just south of the line between his property and the Millers’ but would not impinge on the view of Blue Hill Bay from his house.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]