Debate Over Maine’s Wood Island Station

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The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association in Kittery, Maine, lobbied the Town Council recently to allow the association to control continued maintenance and repair, while members of a town-created committee opposed the change from the 2013 agreement, according to an article on

Sam Reid, chair of WILSSA, said the change in the maintenance agreement is necessary to secure $200,000 in funding from the National Park Service.

More than $700,000 has been raised for the cleanup and repair of the exterior of the Wood Island Life Saving Station, with three separate $200,000 grants and private fundraising. Yet, the Wood Island Advisory Committee, which was established in 2009 by the Town Council, believes that the town should remain as the proprietor of the property, as it is town-owned.

Read about the debate over the Wood Island Life Saving Station.