#mepolitics: Harpswell Town Meeting — Board of Selectmen chair explains why 3 extra conditions for beach easement should be accepted.

If these three requirements are removed, the town immediately assumes all the required obligations and the risks as listed, though actually the only people who will be able to reach the beach are people who can come by boat and the few who have rights to access the (privately owned Cedar Beach Road.)

— Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Elinor Multer

There are three conditions that are opposed by Cedar Beach/Cedar Island Supporters, the group that helped bring the Cedar Beach easement deed to this year’s town warrant. They must be satisfied before the town accepts the easement, which is owned by Jonathan and Rachel Aspatore, and connects Cedar Beach Road to the beach.

The conditions are:

  1. The town must have easement deed for Cedar Beach Road, which CB/CIS is currently suing its property owners for. A trial is expected to happen later this year.
  2. The town must have a release on all restrictions that limit use of the easement parcel.
  3. The town must have a release on restrictions and receive an easement from Joan Lester, an abutting property owner, for her interest on Cedar Island and Cedar Beach. Lester must also provide a parking spot for a town monitor, part of the terms and conditions for using the easement parcel.


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