Southwest Harbor Mooring Dispute Appeal Set

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The town’s harbormaster has filed an appeal of the harbor committee’s decision to reinstate a mooring and permit that were discontinued for nonpayment of fees.


The issue involves a mooring owned by Roland Phippen of Mount Desert. In August, harbormaster Dennis Dever notified Mr. Phippen that his mooring was being discontinued due to unpaid mooring permit fees for 2008 and 2009 and for an unpaid fine from 2008. The mooring ball was cut by the harbormaster and the gear dropped to the harbor bottom, as allowed by state law.

Mr. Phippen appealed the harbormaster’s decision to the harbor committee. The committee heard the appeal on Nov. 9, voting 6-0 to return the mooring to Mr. Phippen in the same condition and location once he made full payment of all past due fees.

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