Letter: Pine Point access is 'priceless'

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Pine Point, with its beautiful beach and access to the Scarborough River and Saco Bay, is treasured by people all over Scarborough. Access to the shore is precious and priceless and finite.

The town is considering a change in Pine Point which could forever change the nature of an important historical access point to Pine Point Beach.

The Pine Point Road begins at Route 1 at Dunstan Corner and literally ends at the sensitive frontal dunes of Pine Point Beach. The last 300 feet of the approximately 50-foot wide, paved road runs directly in front of the Lighthouse Motel. The motel is on the northerly side as one drives down to the beach, and the motel’s parking strip (a 21- or 22-foot-wide area of parking spaces) runs along the southerly side of the public road.

This wide, paved section of road has for generations been very important to beachgoers, fishermen, dog owners, birdwatchers, horse trainers, surf clammers and the general public. It was a point for emergency access to the beach and is the widest developed oceanfront public road in Pine Point. The road is used year-round, not just during the summer season when the motel is open, and the town keeps it plowed all winter.

The town has negotiated a land exchange with the motel which would have the effect of closing off this road forever. We urge you to learn more about this plan and attend the July 15 public hearing at Town Hall to share your views.

Christine Provencher, Pam Dalphonse,
Joan Lourie, Sue Perrino