Maine Classics

Island in the (Maine) Stream

Summerguide 2008

If you live in Vacationland, where do you go to vacation?

One wonders: With 3,478 miles of coastline and several thousand islands in their home state, do Mainers consider coastal living a necessity? Or is there a need for an alternate universe where the first language may be Spanish, but the second often has a Downeast accent? Why else would a former Portland mayor, a Speaker of the House, prominent Maine business owners, lawyers, philanthropists, artists, and school teachers alike be drawn to an island that has regularly been blown to smithereens by the U.S. Navy? (Well, maybe not to smithereens, but the Navy did use it for target practice for more than half a century, suspending bombardment in 2003–the gulls’ ears are probably still ringing.)

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