YORK, Maine — Maine environmental officials have fined a town $75,000 for building a seawall without a permit.
The state's Department of Environmental Protection says York violated the Natural Resources Protection Act when it continued to build a stepped seawall along Long Sands Beach after learning a permit was needed.
The Portland Press Herald said the work was being done to replace a seawall damaged during storms in 2017 and 2018.
In addition to the fine, other provisions of an agreement with the agency require York to build an educational kiosk on beach vegetation and to participate in a five-year monitoring plan to determine if the seawall is causing erosion.
Town selectmen voted Monday to accept the agreement but expressed frustration at the fine and permit requirement.
Selectman Michael Estes told the Press Herald, "I think it’s a $75,000 slap in the face to the taxpayers of York.”
He likened the state's fine to "extortion."
Selectwoman Elizabeth Blanchard also spoke to the Press Herald and said, “I think we got a rotten deal here."