Tracy Michaud

Today's show will repeat at 9 pm (instead of the usual 8 pm rebroadcast).

Several cities and communities in Maine are grappling with a significant increase in short-term rentals, such as AirBnB or VRBO. Opponents say these change the tenor of a neighborhood and drive out long-term rentals, while supporters say these are good business opportunities for rental owners and they bring in tourist dollars. Cities like South Portland will put the issue to voters on Election Day, in terms of what regulations to put in place to limit short-term rentals.

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How can the arts contribute to rural community development in Maine? Some of our state's smallest and most isolated towns have found that promoting arts and cultural opportunities have brought them new life. In advance of the Maine Arts Commission's conference on this subject, we explore the role of the arts in rural development.