Coastal access is scarce, study finds

Since 2005, the Island Institute has led the Mapping Maine’s Working Waterfront project, recently completing a comprehensive inventory of the state’s working-waterfront and public-access infrastructure. Within the 142 coastal towns and 5,300 miles that make up the coast of Maine, 1,555 points were identified as providing saltwater access. This access includes everything from public boat

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St. George GIS project supports working waterfront

Traditionally, Maine coastal communities have relied heavily on marine-related industries supported from their working waterfronts. But working waterfronts are increasingly in danger of disappearing, as pressures from outside developers increase. Coastal communities are now searching for ways to manage this pressure so that marine-related industries can continue to thrive. Towns recognize the need for action,

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