In wake of January storms, Maine’s fish wharves and working waterfronts are starting to rebuild

Posted 2024-03-26

Published by MaineBiz on March 21, 2024. 

Less than a week after the first of the back-to-back January storms that destroyed much infrastructure along Maine’s working waterfronts, the Island Institute launched a storm response grant program, received applications and began sending out funds to coastal businesses.

On Mount Desert Island, Thurston’s Lobster Pound was particularly hard hit, with extensive damage to its wharf.

“Island Institute was the first organization that was right there within days after the storm offering a grant to help rebuild,” said Derek LaPointe, the pound’s general manager. “And we immediately put that towards lumber cost because we needed to get stuff built so we can serve the 22 lobstermen we support.”

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