Thomas Woodin- Town Manager, Tax Collector, Road Commissioner, Treasurer
I have the unexpected honor of being the Town Manager of my home town. I graduated the local High School in 1979 and went on to earn a Political Science degree from the University of Southern Maine. Although successful in various other lines of work I wanted to get involved and give back to the local community. I have served on the Port Committee, Budget Committee and I was also a Selectmen for one year before being chosen Town Manager. I'm fortunate to have such a great opportunity to work in such a beautiful coastal village and to call it my home.
Boothbay Harbor Comprehensive Plan Update: Inventory and Analysis, JULY 2014 draft
- Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 16:58
- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 15:26
- Published on Friday, 16 May 2014 17:14
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Boothbay Harbor Comprehensive Plan Update: Inventory and Analysis, July 2014 draft
The previous Boothbay Harbor Comprehensive Plan was completed on September 23, 1996 and was found consistent by the State Planning Office on March14, 1997. In 2012 the town engaged the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission to assist a committee appointed by the Select Board to update the 1996 plan.
Boothbay Harbor has experienced some significant shifts in its economy and population over the almost two decades since the previous plan prepared. The commercial fishing industry has undergone much retrenchment with the closure of vast areas of fishing grounds and the selling off of much of the groundfishing fleet. At the same time, lobster hauls have increased dramatically, although the prices received by local fishermen have been inconsistent at best. Another critical trend has been the “aging” of the town (along with Maine and other states), which is a major challenge and opportunity for workforce, health care, and other parts of our community.
The 1996 plan anticipated that the population of Boothbay Harbor would increase from a projected 2,850 in 1997 to 3,100 by 2005 due to continued net in-migration of new residents to the community. In fact, the population experienced a decrease to an estimated 2,151 in 2011, due primarily to continued out-migration of younger people and a lessening in the growth rate of new year-round residents. As the peninsula continues to recover from the historic recession of recent years, these trends may ease but, as the Comp Plan Committee has made clear with its findings and recommendations in this plan, significant improvement will hinge on job creation and affordable housing along with maintenance of Boothbay Harbor’s quintessential small town coastal Maine environment.
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