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Short Term Rental Amendments approved by Town Council


After nearly two years in review, the Town Council voted to approve the Short Term Rental Amendments on Monday, April 12, 2021 [Article].  The approved amendments included a new amendment suggested by Chair Jamie Garvin during the April 12 meeting. …

Town Manager's Report


After meeting in the middle of last month and discussing the possibility of having a Memorial Day celebration and parade at the town-center village green, the committee has decided not to recommend having a celebration and forego until next year.  W…

Flags officially raised at town center


Town Council Chair Jamie Garvin commemorated the recently relocated War Veterans Monument and new yardarm flagpole with an official flag-raising ceremony at twilight, Monday, April 12, 2021.    The monument and flagpole, located at the center of the…

Recycling Center Adds Four Extra Days for Yard Spring Cleaning


The Recycling Center will be offering four additional days for the disposal of residential leaf and yard wastes on the Sundays listed below.  Regular Transfer Station items will not be accepted during these dates. Fees will be assessed on all applic…

Short Term Rental Amendments set to a vote Monday, April 12


Town Council is poised to vote on Short Term Rental Amendments at the Monday, April 12, 2021 Town Council Meeting.  This vote will culminate a nearly two-year review of the Short Term Rental Amendments.  On June 8, 2019 Town Council directed the Pla…

Finance Committee Reviews Municipal and Community Services Budget for Fiscal Year 2022


Town Manager Matt Sturgis delivered a draft Municipal and Community Services Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 to the Town Council on Friday, March 5, 2021.  To date, the Finance Committee has held two meetings on March 15 and March 18 reviewing the budge…

TD Beach to Beacon 10K adds virtual component for 2021


The following public announcement was released by TD Beach to Beacon 10K on March 23, 2021:Based on the guidance and recommendations of state and local health organizations, as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the TD Beach to Beacon 10K…

Planning Board Will Hold Public Hearing on Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments


The Planning Board spent over two hours on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 discussing Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments associated with a proposed multi-family development project developed by The Szanton Company (article).  On February 8 the Town C…

$200 million in rental relief funds available to Maine residents


Maine has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing) administers the program and has re-opened the application process to tenants and landlords.…

School Department and parents collaborate to develop re-opening plan


The Cape Elizabeth School Department will be holding four District Planning Committee meetings in March and April.  The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   In a letter to parents, Superinten…

Parking Amendments Approved for Crescent Beach and Cliff House Beach


At the Monday, March 8, 2021 Town Council Meeting the council voted 6 to 1 in favor of approving the Traffic Ordinance Parking Amendments relating to Kettle Cove/Crescent Beach and Sea View Avenue/Glen Avenue which were packaged together.   Dur…

Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District Community Events


Updated March 10, 2021: In addition to the webinars and running event listed below, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District is currently highlighting Trout Brook Watershed in their efforts to raise awareness on watersheds an…

Town Council Adopts Goals for 2021


The Town Council adopted their 2021 Goals on Monday, March 8, 2021 after multiple workshops beginning on December 16, 2020.  The goals were tabled at the February 8, 2021 Town Council meeting for further review.  Newly appointed Town Counc…

Developer Hosts a Neighborhood Meeting


The Szanton Company, the developers of the proposed Dunham Court apartment building abutting the Village Green,  will be hosting a live video discussion  on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom videoconference.  All neighbo…

Second tax bills for FY2021 have been mailed, may be viewed and paid online or by mail


The tax bills for the second tax installment of FY 2021 have been mailed and will be available online at the Town’s website shortly.  The tax bills are issued in the name of the owner of record as of April 1, 2020.  If you purch…

Fort Williams Park Master Plan 2021 Questionnaire Results


On January 28, 2021 the Fort Williams Park Committee was given a Fort Williams Park Master Plan 2021 Site Analysis and Assessment presentation by Richardson & Associates, Landscape Architects, Gorilla Palmer Consulting Engineers, Inc.,…

Multiple Public Hearings on Tonight’s Town Council Agenda


The Town Council agenda for Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. has five public hearing items.  The first two, Items #42-2021 and #43-2021, are related to Short Term Rental Amendments and the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Recommendatio…

Proposed Multi-Family Development presented to Town Council


At the Monday, February 1, 2021 Town Council Workshop the council received a presentation by Nathan Szanton and Kristin Martin of The Szanton Company relating to a proposed multi-family development at the Ocean House Commons located adjacent to the …

Town Council Moves Amendments on Short Term Rentals to Public Hearing on Monday, February 8


With a Public Hearing set for Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., the Town Council moves closer to approving the Zoning Ordinance’s amendments regulating Short Term Rental operations in Cape Elizabeth.  Amendments to recommendatio…

Town Closures Due to Impending Snow Storm


Due to weather conditions, the following facilities will be closed on Tuesday, February 2, 2021:   Town Hall, Thomas Memorial Library, Community Services, Richards Community Pool, and Fitness Center will be closed.  All programing …

Parking Ban In Effect Beginning at 6 p.m.


Due to the impending snow storm, Cape Elizabeth will enforce a parking ban beginning at 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2021 until 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 3.  Please use caution.

Applications for 2021 Great Pond seasonal boat storage lottery begins February 1st


Applications for boat storage permits for the 2021 season at Great Pond for town residents begins February 1. The Conservation Committee will assign boat storage slots by lottery.  Any town resident who would like to store a boat at Great Po…

Shedding Some Light on Community Solar Projects


The Thomas Memorial Library will be offering an informational meeting on community solar energy on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Given the increased solicitation from companies to subscribe to solar projects, the lib…

Community Ice Rink Becomes a Reality


In late 2020 a small group of Cape Elizabeth residents determined that given the continued restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, that a creative antidote was needed.  The solution, a “reliable, community-scale, outdoor ice-skatin…

Crescent Beach Boat Access Repair Public Information Meeting*


Updated 1/13/2021 * Previously posted as "Kettle Cove Boat Launch Public Information Meeting" Town Manager Matt Sturgis will host a public information meeting to discuss the Kettle Cove Boat Launch on Thursday, January 14, 2021 …

Town Manager's Report


January 11, 2021 The Town departments are all working on the Fiscal Year 2022 Municipal Budget. I am happy to report that our police department and emergency medical services personnel have received the first round of the COVID vaccine.  …

Greenbelt Trails Popularity Calls for Greater Mindfulness


The Town of Cape Elizabeth manages more than 18 miles of greenbelt trails which are beloved by many.  With COVID-19 restrictions drawing more people outdoors, the increased usage of the greenbelt calls for a reminder of trail guidelin…

School Board Approves Building Committee's Recommendation


At the December 15, 2020 meeting the School Board voted unanimously in favor of approving the School Building Committee’s recommendation to concurrently replace the elementary and middle school buildings with a single bond.  In addition, …

Town Closures Due to Anticipated Snow Storm Thursday, December 17, 2020


In anticipation of the first major winter storm of the season the following facilities will be closed on Thursday, December 17, 2020:   Town Hall, Community Services, Richards Community Pool, Cape Elizabeth Fitness Center, Thomas Memorial Li…

Council approves 2021 appointments to boards and committees; openings remain on Board of Assessment Review, Fort Williams Park Committee, Recycling Committee, and Personnel Appeals Board


The Town Council on December 14, 2020 appointed 16 citizens to town boards and committees.  New terms begin Jan. 1, 2021. Openings remain on the Board of Assessment Review, Fort Williams Park Committee, Recycling Committee, and Personne…

Candidates Needed for Town Boards and Committees


The Town Council Appointments Committee is accepting applications from residents to fill vacancies on the following town boards and committees: Board of Assessment Review Fort Williams Park Committee Personnel Appeals Board Recyc…

Cape Elizabeth Police Department Food Drive Saturday, December 12


The Cape Elizabeth Police Benevolent Association  will be sponsoring a food drive this Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the IGA parking lot located at 339 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth.  All mone…

Questionnaire and Five User Groups Scheduled for Fort Williams Master Plan


The Fort Williams Park Committee launched the beginning of the Master Plan Update on September 24, 2020 [see article].  The Master Plan, shaped by direct input from community members, landscape architects, engineers, and architects,&n…

Planning Board Approves Site Plan for Public Safety Telecommunications Tower


Following a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Planning Board voted unanimously in favor of granting the Town of Cape Elizabeth’s request for a Site Plan Review of a new 180' tall public safety telecommunications tower and a…

Planning Board Approves Short Term Rental Amendments and Revision of Recommendation Number 86 of 2019 Comprehensive Plan


Updated: November 19, 2020 Nine citizens spoke at the November 17, 2020 Public Hearing on Short Term Rental Amendments: four people spoke in favor of the amendments and five spoke against.  Following the Public Hearing, the Planning Board vo…

Thomas Memorial Library Receives Generous Gift from the Estate of Frances Dyer


The Thomas Memorial Library was bequeathed $51,170.29 on September 23, 2020 by the Estate of Frances Dyer.  During the November 9 Town Council meeting, councilors voted to  accept the generous gift on behalf of the library and the town wit…

As COVID-19 Cases Increase, Town Manager Stresses Continued Safety Practices


Updated: November 10, 2020 Per Govenor Janet T. Mills November 5, 2020 Executive Order, face masks must be worn in public settings at all times regardless of how far apart one is from other people. The Office of Governor Janet T. Mills release…

Town Council Promotes Safe Halloween Guidelines


Updated: October 20, 2020 Cape Elizabeth Community Services will be holding a Halloween event on October 30 for preschool through grade 4 children. For more information visit Cape Elizabeth Community Services. During the October 14, 2020 Town …

Students Hosting Municipal Candidates Night October 21


Updated 10/19/20 Students from Cape Elizabeth High School's advanced-placement government class will host a municipal virtual candidates night on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This is the second of two scheduled can…

Bottle Shed open for donation of returnables beginning Oct. 12


Starting Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, the Bottle Shed at the Recycling Center will be available to residents who wish to donate their returnables. Proceeds are distributed to Cape Elizabeth non-profit organizations that benefit Cape youth. "I am h…