RUBBISH strewn about, along the length of the Lee Breakwater, has become such a problem that the Port of Portland might temporarily close the popular fishing spot to the public this summer in order to clean it up.
Port chief executive officer Jim Cooper called the breakwater “a mess” and appealed to its users to stop dumping their waste along its rocky edges.
“It is local users who are causing the problem, so my appeal is simple: Can you help us clean it up? Do you have pride in a spot thatPortlandis clearly very fond of?”
An inspection of the breakwater this week confirmed Mr Cooper’s definition of a mess. Every metre or so for most of its 1179-metre length, the casual observer could spot abandoned fishing line, beer cans and bottles, waste paper and innumerable cigarette butts.
“The port built the breakwater and still owns it,” Mr Cooper said. “If we have to close it to clean it up, it would stay closed for as long as it takes. Last year our own people removed a lot of rubbish but now it’s a mess again.”
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.