Time Waster: Neighbor feud goes bad in Maine

Tuesday, 03 June 2008
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Here is your time waster story for today:

James Tower, the owner of Last Resort Holdings, in Cushing, Maine has recently applied to the Cushing Planning Board to build a daytrip kayaking retreat on his shoreline property.

The new retreat will would be a launching point for paddlers and would include storage racks, parking and beach tiki huts. It sounds like a great idea.

Neighbour, Bonnie Miller doesn't think so because the application to the board also includes Tower's intention to build a handgun target range on the property as well. You read it right, a handgun range...

Here is your time waster story for today:

James Tower, the owner of Last Resort Holdings, in Cushing, Maine has recently applied to the Cushing Planning Board to build a daytrip kayaking retreat on his shoreline property.

The new retreat will would be a launching point for paddlers and would include storage racks, parking and beach tiki huts. It sounds like a great idea.

Neighbour, Bonnie Miller doesn't think so because the application to the board also includes Tower's intention to build a handgun target range on the property as well. You read it right, a handgun range.

According to the article on the website mainecoastnow.com, Bonnie Miller said she is concerned that the proposal is a result of Tower trying to spite her, by providing a level of noise and lights near her property. She said the proposed handgun range is within close proximity to her flower garden.

She said the proposal stems from a longtime dispute that began after she raised concerns about his adherence to the shoreland zoning ordinance when he made his initial proposal to the town.

She said other than environmental concerns, there are a "slew of problems with Tower's proposal" adding that it was a spiteful action and further waste of the planning board's time and the town's money.


The article didn't have any comments from James Tower so I can't verify the other side of the story but seems to be a bit of a mess. I will keep you updated upon any new developments.

More info: mainecoastnow.com
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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