Help for Higgins Beach
For years public access to Higgins Beach in Scarborough has dwindled down to next to nothing. Where once on-street parking remained a ready option for sun-bathers and surfers, today it is strictly banned. Higgins' last remaining welcome mat — an eighty-five acre parking lot — is now up for sale, and it tells how dire conditions have gotten that the Maine Trust for Public Lands has been asked to help facilitate a sale from the current owners to the town. According to the Portland Press Herald, the Vasile family has owned the parking lot for three decades. "I know my dad's intention was that people that couldn't go to expensive places could still come to Higgins Beach," said Michael Vasile, son of the lot's late owner, Jimmy Vasile. Scarborough town manager Tom Hall is cautiously optimistic an agreement can be reached (the land is valued at $1.4 million) although he's concerned a movement might yet form to quash the deal and render Higgins Beach an entirely private enclave — something Maine definitely does not need.