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Rural Maine Areas Are Threatened With Extinction

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Picturesque areas of Maine that were once quaint fishing villages and homes to people of modest means are threatened with extinction. People desiring a better way of life move to rural areas of Maine and buy themselves a big chunk of land with money they made from the huge profit they made on there city home, or retired people with high per capita income buy there second home, retirement home, summer home, (whatever you want to call it) and the taxes of every property go up. In many cases it is not proportionate to the lot or the property. A chicken shack on Orrs Island can go on the market for a half a million if it has a view! I actually read in a local real estate brochure about a driveway for sale for $200,000.00! Shanty's owned by retired fisherman are taxed as deepwater lots. This will force people out of their homes or force them to rent their homes in order to afford their tax bills. These Maine towns are more than a great view and good investmentThe character and life of these traditional villages is disappearing rapidly. The next generation that have been brought up to fish, and were aboard boats before they could walk, will never be able to afford to live and raise their families on the same land that their ancestors founded!Once people drop a million or so to live in a 'unspoiled village', for example, Bailey Island, they quickly begin to find things they think need fixing. Suddenly what they first considered to be "quaint" and "charming" becomes "unsightly" and "behind the times". I have heard things such as; "What can we do to get people to take care of all the lobster traps in the yard?" "What about making the schools more like the ones back in Mass?" " The post office is not what we are used to lets change it!" Right-of-ways that have been used for 100 years are closed off and the men of the village have to take a longer route to walk to the their boats in the cove. All of this has happened in a short time, considering I am only 26 and have watched the town I loved and was proud to be part of disappear as far as the sense...

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