Pride flag draws mixed reviews in Southport

Sun, 06/09/2024 - 8:45am

    As Pride Month is celebrated this month, the Southport selectboard is receiving both positive and negative remarks about the Pride flag hanging near the municipal building. During the June 5 board meeting, selectmen read two correspondences from citizens regarding the town’s participation. Selectmen read resident Bob Cronk’s response to their decision to hang a Pride flag outside the town hall for June and enact a municipal proclamation supporting Pride Month. Cronk disagrees with the board’s decision. On June 6, Selectman Gerry Gamage reported Cronk wrote he didn’t think it was appropriate for a governmental agency to take a public stand on a controversial issue. 

    But another correspondence had an opposite opinion. Southport resident Ashlea Tibbetts sent a message supporting the board’s decision. “She congratulated us on being bold, and for doing it,” Gamage said.

    In other action, selectmen approved a liquor license renewal for Newagen Seaside Inn. Later, selectmen entered into an executive session to discuss a personnel issue. The board took no action after returning to public session.

    Selectmen meet next at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 in the municipal building.