letter to the editor

Changes will benefit the community

Posted:  Monday, July 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Dear Editor:

My wife and I have been visiting Boothbay Harbor since 1994. We acquired property in this region and developed it in 1999. We now spend four to five months here each year. We are proud to be here, pay our property taxes here, and support this community.

For 20 years, we saw the decline of this proud town. However, in the past four years, there has been a marked improvement, in no small part, due to the efforts of Paul Coulombe. Mr. Coulombe should be congratulated in supporting this community and the changes he has initiated and accomplished so far. His efforts have caused others to positively change this area. This is reflected in increased tourism, increase in value of property, and increases in net revenues for many businesses; as well as further beautification of the town.

Many are now recognizing the value of his efforts in this community. However, there is a small group that seems to resent his efforts and constantly gives negative feedback. Their negativity and opposition stand in the way of meaningful progress and change for our community. Mr. Coulombe’s efforts have revived this community, and, so long as this town supports his efforts as he supports our community, Boothbay Harbor will continue to thrive and benefit from his work.

I support history and heritage. However, change and progress is necessary to ensure and sustain this community.

This brings me to the issue at hand: the redevelopment of the east side of the harbor. These renewal projects will beautify the harbor. It will correct building decay and infrastructure problems. These changes will benefit the community, not only from the aesthetic standpoint, but also increase jobs, revenue and property values.

Opposing opinions are short-sighted and not in the best interest of the community.

Although I am a non-resident and non-voter, I do pay property taxes here and support this community. The planning board should expeditiously proceed with the approval of the various projects proposed for the refurbishing and redevelopment of the east side of the harbor.

Gary J. Lustgarten, MD

East Boothbay