Dissent Grows Over Rockland, ME, Pier Project
February 13, 2018
According to Knox Village Soup, there is growing opposition to a proposal by Yachting Solutions to “extend its private pier that would bisect a heavily used channel and force the relocation of 54 moorings.” If approved, the project could result in the elimination of the southern channel in Rockland Harbor, according to opponents. Many boaters use the southern channel because it is less congested than the main federal channel.
The initial part of the project (for which Yachting Solution received a federal grant of $1,046,760) proposes the addition of floats and pilings alongside the property owned by Rockland Harbor Park LLC. If given regulatory approval by the Rockland Planning Board, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, that work could begin in about a year.
The second phase of the proposal would add 2,200 feet of new dockage at the Yachting Solutions facility. This dock space would be dedicated solely to eligible transient vessels. Also included are the installation of 100-amp and 480V 3-phase power, in-slip fueling, and the conversion of an existing gazebo into a transient boater’s lounge. Opponents are concerned that the project favors the owners of large yachts over “regular” boat owners.