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UPDATE: Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court dismisses Rockport hotel appeal on procedural note

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 9:00pm

    ROCKPORT — Maine’s highest court declined to hear the appeal of a Rockport resident concerning the Rockport Harbor Hotel on Central Street in the Village, saying the notice of appeal was untimely.

    Attorney Kristin Collins, who represents the appellant, said July 7: “The dismissal was made out of hand without the court understanding what was done within the town boards after the remand order from the Superior Court.  We will be requesting reconsideration.”

    The appeal had been made to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court following a decision made by the Rockport Zoning Board of Appeals to uphold the town’s Planning Board decision approving a site permit for the hotel, which is now under construction.

    According to the order of dismissal, issued June 29 by an associate justice at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland, the notice of appeal had been filed June 22.

    The appeal by John Priestley of the Rockport Planning Board hotel site plan approval was filed 111 days after the entry of the order, when Maine law requires that appeals be commenced within 21 days after entry into the docket, according to the order.

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