Maine’s Evolving Working Waterfront

Instructor:  Tom Groening

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch

The phrase “working waterfront” typically refers to the platform, or perch, from which fishermen access the resources of the ocean. There have been key battles over retaining that access, dating from mid-1980’s proposals to build condos on Portland piers, to this year in Boothbay Harbor, as a millionaire tries to rezone part of the waterfront to accommodate stores and motels. But the term also may be understood more broadly, as in the economic and cultural vitality that Maine’s eight coastal counties are enjoying; that is, these waterfronts are working. But threats loom—collapse of lobstering, lack of affordable housing, and more.

Tom Groening is a 30 year-veteran journalist, and has been a reporter and editor for the (Belfast) Republican Journal, the Bangor Daily News, and currently, for the Island Institute, The Working Waterfront, and Island Journal publications.