Horse Camp May Close Due To Zoning Dispute With Portland
PORTLAND, Maine - 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.