South of Portland, Maine’s fishing lodges may never be rebuilt

South of Portland, Maine’s fishing lodges may never be rebuilt

When two fishing sheds are more than a hundred years old at Fisherman’s Point in South Portland. Maine was swept out to sea and devastated. People in Maine were shocked to see the power of the sea during the storm on January 13. The hope since then has been to rebuild it, but that may have hit a snag.

According to the Portland Press Herald, donations began pouring in to fund the rebuilding of the two huts. It looks like three, but two of them are connected as one building. However, rebuilding these historic structures comes at a price greater than just the cost of rebuilding.

Any rebuilding must comply with current code standards, which include elevation, setback, flood resistance, and elevation requirements. If it is rebuilt, there is a strong possibility that South Portland’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program would be suspended, causing 105 nearby property owners to be unable to renew their flood insurance.

The city will now need to hire a surveyor to inspect the area and see if rebuilding is at all possible, by looking at property lines along with beach boundaries and floodplains. It’s a tough situation to be in.

Residents and visitors to Willard Beach and surrounding areas would like to see replicas of historic fishing shacks built that could replace the old ones, but that may not be possible. If not, I hope they can build the new cottages nearby so they are in compliance with the rules and can allow residents to keep their flood insurance.

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