SUCCESS! How sweet it is!!!
We are tickled pink to be able to report that last Monday night the new citizen-drafted Fire Code Amendment so many of us have been working on for the past year passed its second reading by the City Council, 4-3. Last month NGL Energy Partners withdrew its proposal for a huge propane depot at Rigby Yard. Now our Thornton Heights/Cash Corner neighbors, as well as the rest of SoPo, can rest easy, knowing this critical safety measure is legally in place for any future proposals.
Here’s the PPH article:
Propane buffer gets final OK in South Portland
Also, on the same night, the new SoPo Pesticide Ordinance passed its first reading in a unanimous vote! After its second reading, which should easily pass, South Portland will proudly join the ranks of 26 other communities in Maine with pesticide control ordinances! Portland is watching us, and is expected to follow suit. Go Portland!
Read the PPH article:
South Portland gives initial approval to pesticide ban
Second Pesticide Ordinance reading: April 20th
“It's wonderful to live in a community that values environment and safety and where people shout out for what they believe.”
~ Judy Kline, SoPo resident
Save the Date!
May 17th at 6PM
Protect South Portland Party
Come by, meet up with old friends, and celebrate our success stories. And please bring your ideas about where PSP might head next.
And don't forget to sign up for:
The 34th National Pesticide Forum
April 15-16, 2016
University of Southern Maine, Portland
“Cultivating Community and Environmental Health: Models for sustainable and organic strategies to protect ecosystems, pollinators, and waterways”
This conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to hear and meet nationally recognized scientists, policy makers, farmers, activists, parents and concerned citizens working to make our communities safer.
Registration starts at $25 for students and $45 for activists (you can list Protect South Portland as your organization), and includes all organic and veg-friendly food.
for more information and to register online:
Cultivating Community and Environmental Health
~ Meg and the Protect South Portland Team