Dear Friends of Muscongus Bay,
Nancy led a spirited meeting last night, attended by approximately 40 people. Three major items were addressed that I'd like to update you on.
First, David Osier reported on a meeting of 5 selected fisherman from towns on the Bay who were invited to meet with Paul Anderson, representative of UMaine and the project. All 5 were against the project. The startling thing that David reported was that UMaine offered to PAY the lobstermen, in what was certainly perceived as a pay off for their support. It also gives credence to the rumor that a number of people on the Monhegan Island committee are also being paid. We will be pursuing this aggressively as it really smells bad. If you'd like more information on some of the fisherman's concerns, please check out this brief article:
Secondly, we spent a good amount of time discussing the wording of a petition to be put forward to the town. We will need to obtain 160 valid signatures of registered voters for the petition to be considered. (My suggestion is we aim for 200). We hope to have the petition out and being signed this week. Thanks to Jason for driving this.
Third, we discussed the need to continue to have a presence at the town Wind Advisory Committee meetings. Their most recent survey results indicate 4 out of 5 resident opposed the project, seen here - https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B23BjFLDVffHZWszMnF5ckN3T00/edit . Their next meeting is tonight (Tuesday) at 7 PM at the Bristol Town Hall.
There were a number of other good ideas discussed and noted which we will continue to pursue. I heard that the grant announcement may be made in the next couple of weeks. Now is the time for us to keep putting on pressure.
If you picked up posters last night, please don't delay in posting. Thank you to all who attended in person, and all who were there in spirit. It was a very energetic night - and I left feeling very hopeful for our progress ahead. It was thrilling to see a group of citizens coming together to express their desires to take control of their own futures - and not let anyone take them away without their consent.
If you have questions, please write. We will continue to keep you posted.