A management structure is recommended to insure the timely and successful implementation of the corridor management plan priorities, and to facilitate full community involvement. These planning and management roles are based on existing needs and resources; they should be evaluated and adjusted if necessary as the Partnership develops. A Capital Investment Plan provides a priority order for Byway improvements over the 6-year Action Plan.

THE BOLD COAST PARTNERSHIP

Organizational Structure and Management

The Bold Coast Partnership (the Partnership) will be formed as a network of individuals representing businesses, non-profits, destination marketing organizations, and government agencies, and shall be united by an interest in strengthening tourism in the Bold Coast region. The Partnership will work together with member organizations and community stakeholders to implement the Bold Coast Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan, in coordination with other local plans. The Partnership will be supported through an agreement between many local and regional organizations including the Washington County Council of Governments, DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism, Downeast Resource Conservation and Development, Sunrise County Economic Council, and many others. Public/private partnerships will leverage the efforts of the Partnership. The Washington County Council of Governments will initially staff the Partnership, on a limited basis, supported by funds from the Maine Department of Transportation. If awarded, grant funds will allow greater administrative support to coordinate partnerships, seek more grants, and implement projects. WCCOG staff will organize and support the Partnership, which will include active members of the current Corridor Advisory Group, along with others who have been identified as critical partners through the planning process. The Partnership will be divided into three sub-regional working groups, who convene separately within their sub-regions and together with the entire Partnership. The Partnership will meet quarterly and sub-regional groups will meet at least quarterly, and more as needed by planning and development activities and the seasonal demands of the tourism industry. The Partnership will seek at least one member from each community within the Byway region who will serve as a liaison between the Partnership and community officials.

Funding

The Partnership will seek initial funding for program administration and for projects prioritized in the 6-Year Action Plan and the Capital Improvements Plan. These funds will be sought from private foundations including but not limited to:
  • The Betterment Fund
  • The Sewall Foundation
The Partnership will seek funding for critical transportation-related safety planning and engineering, way-finding, and visitor information and gateway infrastructure from:
  • The Maine Department of Transportation (Planning Partnership Initiative and Regional Planning Organization Planning Funds)
Funding for special projects will be sought from the following organizations and agencies among others, as appropriate:
  • DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism
  • Maine Office of Tourism
  • Maine Community Foundation
  • Quimby Foundation
  • Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation
  • Maine Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Maine Department of Transportation
  • Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
  • National Park Service
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Fish and Wildlife Program
  • National Railway Historical Society
Funding for special projects, including infrastructure, business development, and programming will be sought from local resources including:
  • Unorganized Territory TIF funds
  • Local financial institutions
  • Local businesses and municipalities
  • Community non-profits

Affiliations and Responsibilities

The Partnership will represent the interests of stakeholders, set priorities for future projects, raise funds or support for projects, promote travel on the Byway, and evaluate progress toward the goal of increased tourism. The Bold Coast Partnership will be responsible for implementation and adaptation of the Corridor Management Plan, and coordination of the many local, regional, state and national partnerships involved. The Plan will require regular review and occasional revision as priorities shift or grow. Accordingly, the Partnership will be responsible for involve local organizations and residents in this process of evaluation and revision. The Partnership will coordinate local, state and federal resources through regular meetings with the regional MaineDOT Outreach division and Scenic Byways Program Coordinator, participate in local and regional transportation, economic development, and marketing discussions, and working with contractors to design and implement byway-related infrastructure. Finally, the Partnership will keep visitors and residents informed about Scenic Byway events, educational and promotional materials, and infrastructure improvements. This will be achieved through a public website; a quarterly newsletter; releases about current projects and events; community meetings and events; regular meetings with municipal and community partners; and Byway-related events.

Capital Improvements Planning

As described in Chapter J, Promotional Plans and Initiatives, several tourism development studies conducted in recent years for the Downeast region identify prominent visitor amenities such as scenic turnouts and recreation areas that exemplify the scenic and natural assets of the region. The Bold Coast Scenic Byway Eligibility Application and the Corridor Management Plan build upon these studies and identify important sites that exemplify the Scenic Byway experience. The Corridor Advisory Group identified 6 priority locations for development as scenic and interpretive sites for Byway travelers. Understanding that the communities within the Byway region operate independently of each other with their own degree of priority, funding, and passion, the Corridor Advisory Group chose 6 priority sites and an additional list of second-tier sites, as well as a list of sites within the Unorganized Territories (UT) of Edmunds and Trescott. This allows the CAG to focus on developing the top priority sites, and yet remain flexible to assist second-tier priority sites and UT sites if passion, opportunity, and funding find their way to those communities. For instance, a brownfields site in Jonesboro will receive EPA funding in 2015 for clean-up and redevelopment, after which the Town of Jonesboro will create a municipal riverside park.  The site is adjacent to the Jonesboro bridge on the scenic Chandler River and across the street from the Chandler settlement historic site.  Visitors currently stop at this location to photograph the river from the bridge.  The public park will increase opportunities for people to visit the historic settlement and enjoy the Chandler River, and may encourage more side trips to Roque Bluffs State Park.  This site is a prime location to place interpretive and directional signage in cooperation with the Town of Jonesboro and with assistance from the MaineDOT. The Capital Investment Plan (CIP) on the following pages describes the intrinsic quality of each site proposed for improvement. It notes the Byway story that each site can tell; its current and proposed improvements; the partners to help with implementation; ownership; and an estimate of the cost of the recommended improvements. The estimate for capital improvements of the top 6 infrastructure projects is under $150,000; the second tier of priorities is less $80,000; those within the organized territory total less than $180,000. Funding for planning and implementation will come from many sources, including both public and private. Public funds could come from MaineDOT, the Federal Highway Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Private funds could come from businesses, individuals, and grants. Both public and private funds are best leveraged through multi-organizational partnerships. The CIP starts with the intrinsic qualities of each site, thereby creating an outline for development of a Byway Region Interpretive Plan. Interpretive plans guide decisions about how to interpret a site or region to most effectively method communicate a message (the Byway story) to targeted markets (residents and visitors). Interpretation is used to communicate messages, stories, information and experiences. Most interpretive plans are based on a thematic approach, and therefore, place emphasis on which themes are important to communicate to various audiences. Interpretive plans are created through a collaborative process involving management, interpretive specialists, subject matter experts, and other community members who have a personal, economic or political interest in the project.

Highway Infrastructure Improvements

The following CIP recommends Scenic Byway specific improvements at sites to guide, welcome and invite the visitor to stay longer and return. Total expenditures are modest: approximately $400,000 for all recommended improvements. Of critical importance to the experience of the traveller however are the recommendations for highway upgrade and maintenance provided in Chapter G. Assessment of Local and Regional Transportation Systems. See in particular Recommendations for Improvements to Roadway Safety.

 Capital Improvements Plan

Capital Improvements Table 1: 6 Highest Priority Sites

Site Byway Story Intrinsic Quality Site-Specific Attributes Existing Improvements Recommendations For Improvements Partners Owners Estimated cost of Improvements
1. Milbridge Gateway General Byway Information Scenic, Historic, Cultural Gateway. Brook, estuary, coastal scenery, historic structures Gravel turnout Gateway signage, Byway Map, regional interpretive sign, improved turnout surface and landscaping Town of Milbridge, property owner, Milbridge Historical Society, Milbridge Area Merchant’s Ass. Maine DOT, Private Gateway Sign 10,000 Way-finding Sign $2,800 Gravel & Landscaping $4,200
1. Milbridge Municipal Center and Sculpture Park Sculpture Trail, Downeast Fisheries Trail, Salt/freshwater ecology, multi-cultural/migrant culture Scenic, Natural, Historic, Cultural Coastal Scenery, Narraguagus River, Working Waterfront, Sculpture Park, Wildlife, Walkable Sculpture park, parking, public bathroom, Wi-Fi, walking trail, local information, NWR headquarters, Library Route 1 Signage, Interpretive signage, path to NWR headquarters, picnic tables, information center in library/town office SISS, Town of Milbridge, Petit Manan NWR, Mano y Mano Municipal Interpretive Signage x 2 $7,600 Information Rack (inside) $800 Route 1 Roadway Signs $1,400 Picnic Tables x 2 $1,850
2. Machias Gateway, Station 98, Sunrise Trail, Military History, Land Conservation, Wildlife/Plant Life/Birds, Dike History-engineering, Acadian Influence Scenic, Natural, Historic, Cultural, Recreation Gateway. Coastal and river views, Proximity to Downeast Sunrise Trail & Two-Rivers Conservation area, Walkable, Farmer's Market and flea market Paved parking Picnic Table, Boat Launch, Sunrise Trail Future site of Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center. Assess need for additional interpretive signage. Nature Trail Interpretation. Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Downeast Sunrise Trail, East Machias Historical Society, Downeast Coastal Conservancy Municipal, Non-Profit Large Kiosk $18,000
3. Eastport Visitor Center, Gateway @ breakwater General Byway Information, International connections, Maritime history (military, smuggling, underground railroad), Scenic, Historic, Cultural Gateway Site. Coastal Scenery, Working Waterfront, Historical Downtown, Walkable, Eastport Area COC site Visitor information, public bathroom, Interpretive center all in progress Improvements in progress. Work with Port Authority/COC to assess interpretive needs. Gateway signage Eastport Area COC, Port Authority, Downeast Fisheries Trail, RCIP, Coast Gurard Quasi-Municipal Interpretive Signage x 1 $3,800 Way-finding Sign $3,200
3. Eastport Walkway, Overlook Park International connections whales, Old Sow Scenic, Historic, Cultural, Recreation Gateway Site. Coastal Scenery, Working Waterfront, Historical Downtown Walking path, interpretive signage, Sculpture Park & Amphitheatre Assess need for additional interpretation along walkway Eastport Historical Society, Town of Eastport Municipal Interpretive Signage x 1 $3,800
4. Stewart Park, Train Depot, Cherryfield Blueberry Agriculture, Railroad and lumbering History Scenic, Natural, Historic, Cultural, Recreation Gateway. Narraguagus River; National Historic District; town center; proximity to Downeast Sunrise Trail, Maine Ice Age Trail, Maine Birding Trail, Maine Wine Trail, Black Woods Scenic Byway, etc. Landscaped park, picnic tables, benches, train depot Gateway signage, Interpretive signage, Information Center, Public Toilet, public Wi-Fi, extend Black Woods Scenic Byway to Route 1; Route 9 signage at MaineDOT restroom, regional information kiosk at Route 9 rest (exterior at restroom or interior @ diner) Destination Cherryfield; Downeast Sunrise Trail; Cherryfield Narraguagus Historical Society, Downeast RC&D, DART, Delta Development Corp, Airline Snack Bar, MaineDOT Municipal Gateway Sign $10,000 Interpretive Signage x 2 $7,600 Way-finding Sign $2,800 Small restroom & Info-Center in Museum $36,000 Picnic Tables x 2 $1,850 Diner Info Rack $650 Route 9 directional sign $1,400
5. Village of Columbia Falls Anadramous Fisheries and restoration, Wreath Industry, Mills, Historic Settlement Scenic, Natural, Historic, Cultural, Recreation Historic District, Coastal Scenery, Fisheries, Museums, public restrooms, local information,       Wi-Fi Fish Hatchery, Museums, Downeast Fisheries Trail site, hand-carry boat launch Route 1 Signage, Wreath-making interpretation, Museum-in-the-streets, Picnic area, Visitor Information racks at library/town office, hatchery, museums Downeast Salmon Federation, Ruggles House, Wreaths Across America, Town of Columbia Falls Non-Profit Interpretive Signage x 2 7,600 Route 1 Roadway Signs $1,100 Information Racks x 2 (wreath museum and DSF) $1,000 Picnic Tables x 2 $1,850
6. Lubec Gateway, Lost Fisherman’s Memorial Park General Byway Information Maritime Heritage, Maritime Fisheries and Ecology, International Family Culture connections Scenic, Natural, Historic, Cultural Two-nation Gateway. Coastal Scenery, Working Waterfront, Historic Downtown, Walkable Lost Fisherman’s Memorial Park (pending sculpture, benches, amphitheater Many improvements are in progress! Gateway sign, interpretative signage. Town of Lubec, Lost Fisherman’s Memorial Association, Lubec & Eastport Historical Society, Downeast Fisheries Trail, Charlotte County Regional Tourism Association, Lubec Landmarks, Cobscook COC, APPLE Municipal, Non-Profit Gateway Sign 12,000 Interpretive Signage x 1 3,800 Way-finding Signs 3,200
  Total Estimated Costs $146,250

Capital Improvements Plan Table 2: 2nd Tier Priority Sites (7-12)

Site Location Byway Story Intrinsic Quality Site-Specific Attributes Existing Improvements Recommendations For Improvements Partners Owners Estimated cost of Improvements
7. Lincoln Park, Jonesport Route 187, Southbound, At Lamb of God Church (intersection of Indian River Road and Main) Life on a Working Waterfront, General Byway Information Scenic, Historic, Cultural Coastal Scenery, Jonesport Beals Bridge, Working Waterfront, Proximity to Downeast Institute and Great Wass Island, walkable Municipal park with picnic table and benches, paved roadside parking, historic church and cemetery Interpretive Signage, (sculpture and local information kiosk are being constructed) vault toilet at Fire Station or on church property Jonesport Economic Development Committee, Downeast Fisheries Trail, Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium; Jonesport Fire Department; Lamb of God Church Municipal, Non-Profit Interpretive Signage x 1 $3,800 Way-finding Sign $2,800
8. Jonesport Heritage Center 21 Sawyer Square, adjacent to State boat landing Boat Building Scenic, Historic, Cultural Maritime Heritage displays, oral history, interpretive programs, working waterfront & coastal views Museum, working waterfront, recreational boat access, boat tours, parking, public restroom, Wi-Fi, walkable Interpretive signage Town of Jonesport, Jonesport Historical Society, Jonesport Shipyard, Downeast Fisheries Trail Municipal, Non-Profit Interpretive Signage x 1 $4,500 Information Rack (inside) $650
9. Cutler Town Office and Library In-town Cutler Lighthouse Life Scenic, Cultural, Historic Cutler Harbor, proximity to Little River Lighthouse Paved parking, grassed area, Library and Town Office, public restroom, Wi-Fi Interpretive Signage, Picnic tables, landscaping Town of Cutler, Little River Light House Municipal Interpretive Signage x 2 $6,500 Information Rack/signage (town hall) $2,200 Picnic Tables x2 $1,850
10. 45th Parallel Marker, Perry Gateway Route 1 southbound, approximately 2 miles north of Byway begin/end point Recreation/Wildlife, General Byway Information Historic, Cultural Gateway 45th Parallel marker, paved turnout, interpretive sign “surveying” Gateway signage, map, regional interpretive sign MaineDOT MaineDOT Interpretive Signage x 1 $3,800 Gateway Sign $8,000 Way-finding Sign $2,800
11. Historic Dennysville Route 1 Northbound Lumbering Heritage Scenic, Historic, Cultural Historic District, Dennysville River Registered Historic District Scenic turnout with interpretive signage Town of Dennysville, Dennysville Historical Society & Library MaineDOT, Municipal Interpretive Signage x 1 $4,200 Route 1 Signage to historic district $500
12. Wescogus Overlook and Cemetery, Addison 187 Southbound, cemetery adjacent to Wescogus Farm, at intersection with turn to Addison Marshland ecology and fisheries, Saltwater farming Scenic, Natural, Historic, Cultural Broad vista over blueberry fields, marshes and bays of Addison. Historic cemetery. None Interpretive signage, maintained scenic turn-out Town of Addison, Wescogus Farm, Historical society/library Municipal, Private Interpretive Signage x 1 $3,800 Way-finding Sign $2,800 Scenic Turnout $32,000
  Total Estimated Costs $72,200
 

Capital Improvements Plan Table 3: Sites in the Unorganized Territories

Site Location Byway Story Intrinsic Quality Site-Specific Attributes Existing Improvements Recommendations For Improvements Partners Owners Estimated cost of Improvements
Moose Cove, Trescott Township Northbound, Route 191 Wildlife, Plant Life Scenic, Natural Coastal Scenery None Gravel Turnout, Interpretive signage Unorganized Territories, conservation groups MaineDOT, Private Interpretive Signage $3,800 Gravel Turnout $25,000
Bailey’s Mistake, Trescott Township Northbound, Route 191 Navigational History Scenic, Natural, Historic Coastal Scenery None Gravel Turnout, Interpretive signage Unorganized Territories, Trescott Historical Society MaineDOT, Private Interpretive Signage x 1 $4,200 Gravel Turnout $25,000
Little Augusta boat launch, Edmunds Northbound, Route 1 Maritime Heritage, General Byway Information Scenic, Natural, Recreation Whiting Bay Gravel parking; Hand-carry Kayak launch Maintenance of Gravel Turnout and launching site, Interpretive signage Unorganized Territories, conservation groups MaineDOT, Private, State, Local Interpretive Signage x 1 $3,800 Shore Access Safety Improvements $21,000 Gravel parking improvements $8,000
Bell Mountain Trails, Edmunds Southbound, Route 1, across from Tide Mill loop road Recreation, Wildlife Scenic, Natural, Recreation Roadside Trails None Trail head signs and parking Unorganized Territories, conservation groups MDOT, Private Interpretive Signage x 2 $7,600 Trail head signage $2,800 Gravel Turnout $25,000
Moosehorn NWR South and North Trails, Edmunds Route 1, Either Direction, at intersections with North and/or South Trails Recreation, Wildlife, Land Conservation Scenic, Natural, Recreation Roadside recreation, wildlife viewing Picnic table area, Outhouse, Paved parking; Informal gravel parking Interpretive signs, Picnic table, maintained gravel parking Moosehorn NWR, Unorganized Territories MDOT, NWR Interpretive Signage $3,800 Gravel parking improvements $8,000 Picnic Tables x 2 $1,850 Privy $19,000
Hobart Stream, Edmunds Route 1 Northbound, Hobart Stream Crossing, Moosehorn NWR Recreation, Wildlife, Roosevelt Connection w/NWR? Scenic, Natural Wildlife viewing Gravel parking Interpretive sign, Picnic table, maintained gravel parking Moosehorn NWR, Unorganized Territories MDOT, NWR Interpretive Signage $8,600 Gravel parking improvements $8,000 Picnic Tables x 2 $1,850  
  Total Estimated Costs $177,300
 

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