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Horse camp may close due to zoning dispute with Portland

October 24, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An ongoing neighborhood feud in a Maine city threatens to close a nearly two decades-old camp for rescue horses.

Jeanann Alves runs the Horse Island Camp on Peaks Island in Portland and leases her land from Thomas Covington Johnson.

The Portland Press Herald reports a dispute between Johnson and recent neighbors has resulted in zoning citations from the city involving 11 unpermitted horse shelters and a trailer used to transport and store horse feed.

City officials say the buildings must be either removed or receive a permit.

Johnson appealed the ruling on Sept. 21, but the city upheld the violations. He plans to challenge the ruling in court.

Without a convenient way to ship and store feed for horses, Alves says the horse camp may have to close.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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