YORK, MAINE - If you are a New England resident, there is a sizable chance that you have visited the towns on the southern tip of Maine, known as York and Kittery. They have become top vacation destinations for a large amount of New Englanders. After all, Maine is known as "Vacationland" and during the summer, it becomes a popular spot to flock to for the tourist attractions and the beaches. York and Kittery, being the closest to states like New Hampshire and Massachusetts, are among the top towns for vacationing in New England.
York has the beloved restaurant, The Goldenrod, famous for its taffy, as well as classic, turn-of-the-century type penny candy stores, boardwalk arcades, and an end-of-the-walk amusement park known as York's Wild Kingdom. Sandwiched by two beaches, Long Sands and Short Sands, York is bustling during the summer. Kittery's claim to fame is the immense amount of outlets and Kittery-exclusive stores. For a quick shopping detour, Kittery is the place to be.
But after years of harmony between the towns, there has now been a major divide cascading down upon them and it's time to pick a side. Literally.
On Monday, the Board of Selectmen in York, Maine voted for the leaders of the town of York to do whatever it takes in contesting a border dispute between the two towns, as shared by Boston.com. York, as a result, is now suing Kittery over the claim of territory and the location of the border between the two small-range communities.
According to the selectmen, a straight boundary delineates where York is and where Kittery is, as drawn back in 1653. This has been the official stance of boundary belief since last summer for York. However, on maps from the modern-day, especially including maps of taxation, the border, which can be found for a little over three hundred feet against Route 1 through the state, is a bit more twisty and windy and is going back and forth between Eliot and Brave Boat Harbor.
Essentially, York is trying to claim more land from Kittery. But the council of Kittery is not giving into this. The chairperson of the council, Judith Spiller, has made it clear that Kittery is going to contest the claims from York and try to maintain the border as it is currently, citing the 1653 decision as a militia-based option when Maine was a part of Massachusetts.
I don't really know enough about borders and territory to determine which town is in the right, but I do know that this is the sort of petty regional drama that I am going to love following along with.
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