2016-12-30 / Front Page

New lease on life



Although this recent photo by South Portland resident Russ Lunt shows no visitors to the city's much-heralded Bug Light Park, the city council on Dec. 19 signed a new lease agreement for five acres of the park, owned by Portland Pipe Line Corp. Although previous lease deals, which grant public use of the property in forgiveness of $34,676 in annual property taxes, have been for five years, the current lease runs for six months, through June 30. The city is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the company over its Clear Skies Ordinance, which banned transport of "tar sands" oil through South Portland. To date, South Portland has spent more than $700,000 in attorney fees defending the ordinance. See story on page 3. (Courtesy photo) Although this recent photo by South Portland resident Russ Lunt shows no visitors to the city's much-heralded Bug Light Park, the city council on Dec. 19 signed a new lease agreement for five acres of the park, owned by Portland Pipe Line Corp. Although previous lease deals, which grant public use of the property in forgiveness of $34,676 in annual property taxes, have been for five years, the current lease runs for six months, through June 30. The city is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the company over its Clear Skies Ordinance, which banned transport of "tar sands" oil through South Portland. To date, South Portland has spent more than $700,000 in attorney fees defending the ordinance. See story on page 3. (Courtesy photo)

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