January 18, 2022

Schoodic Futures’ talk

The grants Hancock County Regional Planning Commission and Schoodic Futures obtain and the property the Boston investors purchase guarantee they will be bigger winners than the towns of Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor. Ignoring these groups by not returning their questionnaires or attending their meetings will not make them go away. Hoping they don’t do anything harmful will not prevent something harmful from happening.

Schoodic Futures talks a lot about what must be done when Naval Security Group Winter Harbor closes. The people we really need to rely on, our elected officials, our senators, representative and governor, avoid the-sky-is-falling talk. For example, 35 years ago, Portsmouth Naval Shipard was formally designated to be closed but is still open, thanks to our congressional delegation.

What Schoodic Futures seems unable to understand is the agreement between the Navy and Department of Interior clearly and unambivalently states the land the Navy is using on Big Moose Island reverts to Acadia National Park when the Navy is finished with it. When Schoodic Futures tell us they are working with the University of Maine to take over the property, have they told the university about the agreement? Or does Schoodic Futures think this congressional act is meaningless?

It’s time for Schoodic Futures to come under legitimate journalistic scrutiny so the citizens of the peninsula will know what is really going on. And it’s time Schoodic Futures stops misleading institutions such as UMaine about the property on Big Moose Island. It belongs to Acadia National Park. Robert Winship Johnston Gouldsboro

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