Letter: Harpswell beach access has a dark side

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I work in the neighborhood and was alarmed on July 30, 2015, when 50-plus people headed to Cedar Beach. With no bathroom facilities, it was apparent that “Save Cedar Beach” is false advertising. I am sure a water test would prove contamination, and there are lobster traps within 30, 40 and 50 feet. It is important to keep the water accessible to the public, but limiting use and clean water are important, too.

I am disappointed with the one-sided articles I have read regarding Cedar Beach. They did not point out that there are no restroom facilities, that Robinhood Road is a small neighborhood/camp road with no shoulders, alders and brush on both sides, and that the town has designated a third of it for parking. They also did not point out what a dangerous situation the road has become not only for the beach goers but for the neighborhood homeowners. That day, I had to back up several times to avoid being hit.

Betsy Atkins’ personal business is not relevant to the issue of beach access. Just like any other taxpayer who contributes to the Maine economy, she rightfully is concerned about water contamination and the lack of access for safety vehicles.

The town and citizens should be planning for the future rather than trying to keep things “as they used to be,” and collaborate with the Harpswell Land Trust who is dealing with a similar issue at Stovers Point access.

Sandy Chipman