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Short Term Rental Applications Deadline July 1st


With new Short Term Rental regulations set to take effect July 1, 2021, the Code Enforcement Office has established an informational Short Term Rental page for residents interested in obtaining a Short Term Rental Permit.  The new page offers quick …

In-person town meetings resume July 1, 2021


Beginning July 1, 2021 all town meetings will return to in-person format at Town Hall.  All meetings are open to the public.  Town Council, School Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals monthly meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, as…

Town Council to hold workshop on affordable housing June 22


At the conclusion of the Monday, June 14, 2021 Town Council voted 6-1 in favor of holding a workshop to further discuss the Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments.  The workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. and will be fol…

Notice of Change in RSS feed Service


The Town of Cape Elizabeth offers email notification of frequently updated content on our website using Google's FeedBurner platform.  Google will be discontinuing this service beginning July 1, 2021.  In it's place, notification of feed updates wil…

School Budget Passes


Cape Elizabeth voters approved a $29,857,097 million school budget for fiscal year 2021-22 during the June 8, 2021 referendum.  The Town Council voted to approve the school budget on May 10 before sending it to a citizen referendum.Town Clerk, Debra…

School Budget Referendum Tuesday, June 8, 2021


The school budget will go to a referendum on Tuesday, June 8  for citizen validation.  Information on the school and municipal budgets can be found here.Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Cape Elizabeth High School.Absentee ballot…

Greenbelt Gazette May, 2021


The May 2021 Greenbelt Gazette is now available.  Click here to access.

Short Term Rental Permit Applications Now Available


As of June 1, 2021 Short Term Rental Permits are now available online by clicking here and then selecting "Short Term Rental Application" from the menu on the left [See image below].  Permit applications must be complete to be processed.  As of July…

"Meet & Greet" event with new Superintendent


The Cape Elizabeth School Board will be hosting a "Meet & Greet" event with the newly hired superintendent, Dr. Christopher Record, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Dr. Record will officially take the helm beginning July 1…

Memorial Day Details


The town of Cape Elizabeth's 2021 Memorial Day Parade and open house at the Town Center Fire Station have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In honor and respect for those who died in active military service, a Memorial Day remembr…

Fort Williams Park Committee to discuss draft recommendations for Master Plan Update 2021 - Public Input Encouraged


On Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. the Fort Williams Park Committee will discuss recently revised recommendations for the Master Plan Update 2021.  The public will be invited to provide feedback on the revisions following committee discussion.  …

Library prepares for June 1 re-opening


The Thomas Memorial Library will be closed for curbside service and phone support on Friday, May 28, 2021 to prepare for reopening the building on June 1 [Article].  The library will be open for curbside service on Saturday, May 29 from 9:00 a.m. - …

Recycling Center, Town Offices, Thomas Memorial Library closed Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day


The Recycling Center, Thomas Memorial Library, and town offices will be closed on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.The Recycling Center will be open on Tuesday, June 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.The annual Memorial Day parade and open house at the T…

School Budget goes to referendum June 8, 2021


Updated May 25, 2021On Monday, May 10, 2021 the Town Council voted unanimously in favor of approving both the Municipal General Fund Fiscal Year 2022 expenditure budget in the amount of $16, 857,021, not including overlay, and the Cape Elizabeth Sch…

Library and Town Hall Will Re-Open Doors June 1


During the Monday, May 10, 2021 Town Council meeting, Town Manager Matt Sturgis announced that Thomas Memorial Library and Town Hall will open their doors to the community without requiring an appointment.  Sturgis indicated that the reopening of th…

Temporary closure of Greenbelt trailhead as Public Safety Communications Tower project begins


Contractors for the town's Public Safety Communications Tower are scheduled to begin work on the project Monday, May 17, 2021.  At that time, the Greenbelt trailhead's gravel parking area located on Dennison Drive will be closed to users during cons…

Town Council set to vote on Fiscal Year 2022 Budgets


Following a Public Hearing on May 3, 2021 in which one resident spoke, the Town Council is poised to vote on the Fiscal Year 2022 General Fund Budgets on Monday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. [Article].  The Town Council will vote to approve the Municipal Gen…

Extended Dog Registration Ends June 2, 2021


Governor Janet Mills' Executive Order of March 2020 which temporarily suspended dog licensing laws and which was renewed monthly, has been replaced by a new Executive Order dated February 2, 2021 which reinstates the state's dog licensing requiremen…

2020 Town-wide revaluation update


The following is an update on the 2020 Town-wide revaluation from the Cape Elizabeth Town Assessor, Clinton Swett. I’m sure many of you are wondering what happened to our 2020 Town-wide revaluation that was planned? Like so many other things, it was…

Increase in vaccination opportunities


Northern Light Health has announced additional openings and opportunities for Maine residents over the age of 16 to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at the Portland Expo clinic.  In addition, Northern Light will be offering vaccinations on a walk-in ba…

Planning Board augmenting Town Center Affordable Housing recommendations


The Planning Board will hold its usual, "first Tuesday of the month" workshop on May 4th, followed by a "special meeting." The Planning Board will be refining its supplemental recommendations to the Town Council on the Town Center Affordable Housing…

Budget Public Hearing Tonight


The Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 General Fund Budgets (municipal and school) during a Special Town Council Meeting tonight, Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.  Total taxes to be raised is $36,093,478, with a tax r…

Planning Board Forwards Affordable Housing Amendments to Town Council


The Planning Board held a Public Hearing on April 20, 2021 on Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments.  The Town Council referred to the Planning Board amendments to the Town Center District which could enable a multi-family affordable housing pro…

School Board Hires New Superintendent


During a Special School Board Meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021 the School Board unanimously approved the hire of Dr. Christopher Record as the new Superintendent of Cape Elizabeth Schools, beginning July 1, 2021 [Media Release].  The national sea…

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.

Dog Licenses Renewal/Registration Due


Updated: January 25, 2021Last day to register for dog licenses without incurring a late fee, January 31, 2021.Dog licenses for 2020 expired on December 31st. Maine law requires dogs 6 months of age to be licensed.When registering your dog you must b…

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…