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Elise Gordon-Libby Bridge receives the 2021 Ralph T. Gould Award


The Town Council honored Cape Elizabeth resident Elise Gordon-Libby Bridge with the 2021 Ralph T. Gould Award during the Monday, September 13, 2021 council meeting. Chair Jamie Garvin shared the following sentiments during the meeting:As we just ref…

Conservation Committee asking for more volunteers for the Outer Loop Boardwalk this Tuesday


The Conservation Committee is putting out a call for additional volunteers this Tuesday, September 14th, at 5:00 p.m. to carry in lumber for rebuilding the Outer Loop Boardwalk.This boardwalk is a nice long meandering trail through the woods used by…

Workshop on Affordable Housing TIF options explained


The Town Council will hold a Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021 at the Cape Elizabeth Middle School Cafetorium on the proposed Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments. On July 12 the council set the amendments to a public he…

Reminder: Sunday is the last day to volunteer for Outerloop project


Updated 09/11/2021: There are volunteer groups scheduled for 10:00 and 11:00 am this Sunday. The project is set up for "self-serve" volunteering if you have a group that wants to help us out this weekend. Individual volunteers should consider joinin…

Public Hearing on Affordable Housing Amendments to be held at Middle School Cafetorium


The following article has been updated to include a map and directions to the location of the Town Council meeting on September 13, 2021The Town Council will hold its Monday, September 13, 2021 monthly business meeting and Public Hearings as listed …

Annual No/Low Cost Rabies Vaccine Clinic on September 25


The Third Annual Rabies Vaccine Clinic will be held the morning of Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Fort Williams Park Picnic Shelter.  The clinic will provide rabies vaccines at no-to-low cost to promote rabies preve…

Gull Crest Outer Loop Trail closed during boardwalk replacement


The Conservation Committee is CLOSING the Outer Loop Trail located in Gull Crest, effective today, September 7, 2021.  The trail is closed while 900'+ of boardwalk will be replaced.  Volunteers are welcome to assist with the boardwalk replacement, b…

Town Council will hold a workshop on Affordable Housing TIF Wednesday, September 8


The Town Council will hold a virtual workshop Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom videoconference to discuss the Affordable Housing Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) associated with the proposed Dunham Court affordable housing project i…

Police Department to host an evening film at Fort Williams


The Cape Elizabeth Police Department will be hosting a screening of Peter Rabbit 2: Runaway at Fort Williams Park on Saturday, September 18, 2021 beginning at 6:45 p.m.  All are invited. A raindate has been set for Friday, October 1.

Final list of Town Council and School Board candidates is confirmed


There will be four candidates vying for one of the three Town Council seats in the November Municipal elections.  Incumbent Jeremy A. Gabrielson, Susan A. Gillis, Timothy Reiniger, and Victoria Volent have submitted verified nomination papers by the…

Recycling Committee accepting applications for Returnable Bottle Shed Grants


The Recycling Committee is now accepting applications for the Returnable Bottle Shed Grants through October 15, 2021.  The Cape Elizabeth Bottle Shed grants are intended to benefit Cape Elizabeth-based not-for-profit service clubs and organizations …

Verified nomination papers due today by 4:00 p.m.


There are three Town Council seats and three School Board seats that will be on the November ballot.  Currently, there are seven verified candidates for three School Board seats and three verified candidates for three Town Council seats.Residents in…

Town Council adopts Remote Participation Policy and Order Declaring Limited Emergency


Updated:During a Special Meeting on Monday, August 30, 2021, the Town Council voted 5-0* in favor of adopting a Remote Participation Policy.  The adopted policy provides the Town Council, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals with the option t…

Labor Day Closures


In observance of Labor Day, all Town offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021.  Closures include: Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth Schools, Recycling Center,* and the Pool and Fitness Center.  The Recycling Center wi…

Volunteer Update for Outer Loop Boardwalk Community Replacement Project


The Outer Loop Boardwalk Project final preparations are underway and some volunteers are adding this project to their September calendar. The Cape Elizabeth Conservation Committee is taking on its largest boardwalk project yet, and asking the comm…

Gabrielson signatures certified; Gjermani takes out nomination papers for School Board


Jeremy Gabrielson has returned his nomination papers and signatures have been certified.  Gabrielson will appear on the November 2 ballot for Town Council.  Kejda Gjermani of 162 Two Lights Road has taken out nomination papers for the Sc…

Senator Carney to hold public office hours in Cape Elizabeth


UPDATE: This news post has been updated to show Senator Carney's Cape Elizabeth Office Hours.Senator Anne Carney, Democrat of Cape Elizabeth will be holding her September Office Hours from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the…

FEMA conducting shoreline study in Cape Elizabeth the week of August 16


NOTICE:The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Technical Mapping Advisory Council has recommended that the impact of coastal erosion and sea level rise be assessed.  In response, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 1 has initiated …

Volunteers Needed: Outer Loop Boardwalk Replacement


The Cape Elizabeth Conservation Committee is taking on its largest boardwalk project yet, and asking the community to help replace the Gull Crest Outer Loop boardwalk (900+’). Volunteers and volunteer teams are needed to carry in 620 boards and post…

Cape Community Arena concept presented to Town Council


During the Monday, August 2, 2021 Town Council workshop the Cape Elizabeth Community Ice Rink team presented a proposal for a permanent community ice rink and sports arena: the Cape Community Arena.  In the fall of 2020 the founding members requeste…

Town Council to hold workshop on Affordable Housing amendments August 2


Updated 8-2-21Six additional documents have been included in tonight's workshop.  Please click here to view: Workshop materialsThe Town Council will hold an additional workshop in the council chambers on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to contin…

Greenbelt Gazette Latest Issue


The July 2021 Greenbelt Gazette issue is now available.  Click here to read.

Library policy amendments address unaccompanied minors


During the July 12, 2021 Town Council meeting, the council voted to approve recommended amendments to Thomas Memorial Library policies including: General Use Policy, Food & Beverage Policy, Computer Use and Internet Policy, and Safe Child & …

Sounds by the Sea CANCELED for July 12


Update:  Due to weather conditions, tonight's Sounds by the Sea concert has been canceled.  The next concert is scheduled for Monday, July 19, 2021.      Community Services' Sounds by the Sea concert series will feature the Portland Jazz Orchestra C…

Town Council to discuss next steps for Affordable Housing Amendments


The Town Council will discuss next steps on proposed Town Center Affordable Housing Amendments at tonight's July 12, 2021 Town Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The amendments were last discussed during a June 22 workshop held in-person at Tow…

Public Hearing on establishing a new standing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee


The Town Council will hold a public hearing on July 12, 2021 regarding the Ordinance Committee's recommendation to establish a new standing committee to be named the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.  If approved by the Town Council, this …

Greenbelt Gazette Latest Issue


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

Notice of Change in RSS feed Service


Update:This is a reminder that the Town's email notifications for Latest News and Recent Building Permits will be transitioning from Google's FeedBurner* to Mailchimp beginning Thursday, July 1, 2021.  No action is required on your part if you wish …

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…

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…

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…