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Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor Discuss Region Master Plan

In a recent story, by Boothbay Register journalist, Joseph Charpentier, titled  JEDC broadens discussion on master plan , Wendy Wolf, co-chair of the JECD is reported as describing the discussion as "as a long overdue, interesting discussion on economic development and where the two towns stand on it:" As always, first on the agenda are financial matters of great concern to the JECD. It is mentioned that representatives of Southport and Edgecomb sit in on the meetings, hinting with an uncharacteristic subtlety that Southport and Edgecomb ought to be paying the JECD for their services, which consists of holding interesting discussions and hiring consultants and promoting Boothbay Harbor as a "Festival of Lights" in conjunction with the lighting event at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Last year the taxpayers of Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor paid $79000.00 to the JECD which bought  a regional report produced by Camoin Associates . The interesting discussion makes

Silence by Manipulation Takes One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

Today my voice in the Boothbay Register discussion Addressing a national crisis locally: Can the Boothbay region solve its housing issues? was again removed, most likely by the user Islandmanz.  Some months ago, I was confronted in Hannaford by a person employed by the Department of Economic and Community Development . I was told that I had to stop writing about the JECD (Joint Economic Development Council of Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor). There was no collusion between the JECD and Industry Partnerships, I was told by one who obviously had been reading my blog.  The DECD is the statutory planning board of the Financial Authority of Maine , which concentrates and redistributes capital funds in Maine. What, then, is the DECD's chain of command, if not the regional boards? §13059.State agencies to cooperate    All state agencies and any other organizations designated by the department to implement community and economic development programs and policies shall cooperate with a

How my comments discussing tiffs vanished from the discussion in the Boothbay Register

It was my plan to follow up the post on the Maine Capital Corporation with a look into t he report created in 1983, by the Beldon Hull Daniels firm . However, there are several recent local news stories which I feel it is timely to weigh in on, but just as I was developing that post, I joined a discussion on the Boothbay Register in which my published response to an alternate identity who calls itself Ilandmanz vanished. This is not an uncommon experience with comments on the Boothbay Register, especially if I say something that may embarrass the oligarchy trifecta of Coulombe, Coastal Botanical Gardens Incorporated and the JECD, which I did indeed do, and the selectmen of the town as well. Not socially or politically acceptable in Maine, which is why I write my blog in the first place, to create a place where an alternate view can be expressed. I did a search and found I could recover my post by accessing my Disqus feed. The two vanished responses to Islandmanz comment were marked