Cape council discusses options for Fort Williams Park

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council met in a workshop with the Fort Williams Advisory Commission and the Fort Williams Charitable Foundation on Monday, Oct. 4, to discuss the roles of each organization, revenue-generating ideas and next steps.

The three boards agreed that it would be advantageous to hire an outside consultant to create a master plan that could examine the maintenance of existing structures in the park, possibilities for generating additional revenues and how to handle trash and parking issues.

The boards also discussed the possibility of hiring a consultant to create a business plan in order to see if funds could be generated by concessions, weddings or events on a smaller scale. The information gathered from the business plan could then be incorporated to the more long-term master plan of the fort.

At their next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, councilors may vote to appropriate $40,000 to the Fort Williams Capital Fund for an update of the master plan and development of a business plan for the park; vote to appropriate $25,000 to the capital fund for an update of just the master plan, or take no action.

The meeting will be held at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or