2015-03-13 / Letters

Fortitude needed to finish litigation

To the editor:

Every now and then it is important to step back and look at the whole picture before you move forward once again.

Now is one of those times as it relates to the current lawsuit involving the town of Kennebunkport and the people who live along Goose Rocks Beach.

Yes it is true that this legal struggle has gone on for five years with no fair resolution in sight. It’s also understandable that people are getting wary, even cantankerous, about this ongoing dispute, and with the passage of time many may have forgotten how all of this began and why it is so important now to see it through.

It began with one Goose Rocks Beach resident posting a “no public access” sign in a place where there has been public access for generations … better than 100 years from what history shares. The town notified the resident that such a posting and claim flew in the face of “longstanding traditional patterns” of public use on Goose Rocks Beach.

Beachfront residents threatened to pursue legal action, and to avoid litigation the town of Kennebunkport tried to work cooperatively to find common ground to support this tradition of reasonable public beach access.

Several months later this resident, joined by other Goose Rocks Beach homeowners, pursued litigation against the town.

In defense, the town of Kennebunkport is doing what it must to preserve the public beach access for all of us and future generations.

The town did not choose this fight and if it quits its defensive posture prior to a final court judgment the town will certainly lose this suit and we all will lose the traditional access to Goose Rocks Beach.

Those who are demanding the end to the lawsuit would be better served to talk to the homeowners who started this litigation.

If their decision is to move forward without any compromise or mutual settlement then we must have the fortitude and perseverance to finish what they started.

Thomas P. Kling
Kennebunkport

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