Aquaculture Public Hearing - Kenneth Sparta

Date: May 1, 2024

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Freeport Town Hall, 30 Main Street

Town: Freeport

The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is holding a public hearing on the proposal listed below:

Applicant Name: Kenneth Sparta

Application Type: Standard Lease

Culture Type: Suspended Culture of Shellfish and Marine Algae

Location: Casco Bay, Freeport

Acreage and Term Requested: 8.25 Acres for 20 years

The public hearing on this application has been scheduled as follows:

May 1, 2024

 1:00 PM

Freeport Town Office

30 Main Street

Freeport, ME

If the hearing listed above is postponed or continued, an alternate public hearing will be held on May 7 at the same time and location.  Notice of a postponement or a continuance will be posted on DMR’s website.

REGISTERING FOR THE HEARING:  The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the adjudicatory proceeding provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act (5 M.R.S.A., ch. 375, subchapter 4).  Persons wishing to attend the hearing and ask questions of the parties or testify under oath about the effect of the proposed lease must register to participate.  Interested persons need to complete an online registration form no later than 5:00 p.m., April 16, 2024.  If you need assistance with the form, please contact DMR.

Registration can be completed at:

INTERVENING:  Applications to intervene need to be received by DMR no later than 5:00 p.m., April 16, 2024.  DMR will decide whether to grant intervenor applications five days before the hearing. If you are granted intervenor status, you become a legal party to the proceeding. Contact DMR for a copy of the intervenor application.

INFORMATION ON DMR WEBSITE:  Copies of the application materials are posted to DMR’s aquaculture webpage under ‘Maine Aquaculture Leases and LPAs.’

Address questions to: ME DMR, (207) 350-7815,

For disability accommodations, contact: (207) 624-6553, or 877-243-2823, TTY 711

RELEVANT AUTHORITY:  The rules governing the leasing program are found in Chapter 2 of DMR regulations.  The statutory provisions are: 5 M.R.S.A. §9051 et seq. & 12 M.R.S.A. §6072(1) et seq., & 12 M.R.S.A. §6072-A(1) et seq.