Help keep Marlboro Beach open



Dear Editor:

This letter is an appeal for help in keeping Marlboro Beach in Lamoine open for everyone to enjoy, forever. As a summer resident of Lamoine for nearly 70 years, I know how important the beach is to residents and visitors alike, and I want to ensure that this lovely coastal area will never be closed off to public access.

Many who visit or use Marlboro Beach do not realize that it is not public property. In fact, it has been owned by the James and Eleanor Norris family for 71 years. In all this time the Norrises have been good stewards of the land while generously permitting clammers, wormers and visitors to access the beach. Wishing to see the beach protected for future generations, they have long hoped that the town of Lamoine would eventually come to own the land.

Toward that end, the Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) has agreed to act as matchmaker between the family and the town. The FBC has assumed responsibility for raising funds, making the land purchase and ultimately deeding the land to the town on condition that it remain open to the public.

So far, the Norrises have agreed to sell the property for $45,000 (well below its fair market value), and a local resident, Terry Towne, has helped them get a clean title and survey. At the annual Lamoine Town Meeting this past spring, residents showed their commitment to the plan by voting to appropriate $10,000 for the land purchase. Subsequently, an anonymous donor generously agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all remaining gifts, and the FBC began working to raise the rest of the purchase price through charitable contributions.

As of this writing, the Conservancy is within $18,000 of reaching its goal. All who are interested in helping the FBC acquire this land and transfer title to the town can make donations at https://secure.donationpay.org/frenchmanbay/ and specify that the money is for purchase of Marlboro Beach. By supporting this effort, we can jointly ensure that Marlboro Beach will remain open for all to enjoy.

 

Jonny Brown

Lamoine