CRANBERRY ISLES COMPREHENSIVE PLAN SURVEY
RESULTS

Compiled by Cyrus Moulton, November 2005



There is an opportunity to further elaborate, explain, or comment on your responses on the last page of the survey.

(197 Responses)


A. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. How long have you lived on or visited the Cranberry Isles?

a. less than one year - 2 (1%)
b. 1 to 5 years - 4 (2%)
c. 6 to 10 years - 10 (5.1%)
d. 10 to 20 years - 30 (15.2%)
e. More than 20 years - 148 (75.1%)
f. More than 50 years - 1 (0.5%)
No Answer Given - 2 (1%)

2. How many days per year do you typically reside on Cranberry Isles?

a. 14 days or less - 17 (8.6%)
b. 15 to 30 days - 13 (6.6%)
c. 30 to 60 days - 35 (17.8%)
d. 60 to 90 days - 30 (12.7%)
e. 90 to 120 days - 24 (12.2%)
f. 120 to 180 days - 13 (6.6%)
g. More than 180 days - 66 (33.5%)
No Answer Given - 4 (2%)

3. Which island do you live on or visit?

a. Baker - 1 (0.5%)
b. Bear - (0%)
c. Great Cranberry - 84 (42.6%)
d. Islesford - 102 (51.8%)
e. Sutton - 9 (4.6%)
No Answer Given - 4 (2%)

4. In the next 10 years, the amount of time you spend in Cranberry Isles will

a. Increase - 80 (40.6%)
b. Decrease - 26 (13.2%)
c. Stay the same - 90 (45.7%)
No Answer Given - 1 (0.5%)

5. Do you own or rent a residence on Cranberry Isles?

a. Own - 185 (93.9%)
b. Rent - 8 (4.1%)
No Answer Given - 4 (2%)

6. If you own a house, how many days a year do you make it available to rent it to others?

a. 0 days - 143 (72.6%)
b. 1 to 30 days - 16 (8.1%)
c. 30 to 90 days - 17 (8.6%)
d. 90 days or more - 8 (4.1%)
No Answer Given - 12 (6.1%)
Not Applicable - 1 (0.5%)

If you own a house, is it winterized?

a. Yes - 119 (60.4%)
b. No - 65 (33%)
No Answer Given - 12 (6.1%)
Not Applicable - 1 (0.5%)

B. MUNICPAL ISSUES

1. Please provide your opinion of the following town services by checking the appropriate box.
Feel free to add written comments on the last page.

Town Service Satisfactory
Needs Immediate Attention Needs Future Attention No Response
a. Fire protection 83 (42.1%) 65 (33%) 33 (16.8%) 16 (8.1%)
b. Emergency medical response 93 (45.7%) 51 (25.9%) 40 (20.3%) 16 (8.1%)
c. Police protection/public safety 100 (50.8%) 32 (16.2%) 46 (23.4%) 19 (9.6%
d. Road maintenance 113 (57.4% 29 (14.7%) 36 (18.3%) 19 (9.6%)
e. Law/ordinance enforcement 88 (44.7%) 60 (30.5%) 30 (15.2%) 19 (9.6%)
f. Public schools 127 (64.5%) 13 (6.6%) 23 (11.7%) 34 (17.2%)
g. Building code enforcement 111 (56.3%) 25 (12.7%) 34 (17.3%) 27 (13.7%)
h. Solid waste disposal 69 (35%) 86 (43.7%) 27 (13.7%) 15 (7.6%)
i. Town docking facilities 137 (69.5%) 19 (9.6%) 28 (14.2%) 13 (6.6%)
j. Public access to the shore 139 (70.6%) 15 (7.6%) 24 (12.2%) 19 (9.6%)
k. Ferry schedule 118 (59.9%) 45 (22.8%) 25 (12.7%) 9 (6.4%)
l. Harbor management 123 (62.4%) 21 (10.7%) 30 (15.2%) 23 (11.7%)
m. Town parking on mainland 128 (65%) 23 (11.7%) 33 (16.8%) 13 (6.6%)
n. Employment opportunities 53 (26.9%) 54 (27.4%) 55 (27.9%) 35 (17.8%)
o. Affordable housing 54 (27.4%) 50 (25.4%) 63 (32%) 30 (15.2%)
p. Drinking water (supply, quality.) 124 (62.9%) 13 (6.6%) 41 (20.8%) 19 (9.6%)
q. Number of motor vehicles 57 (28.9%) 79 (40.1%) 39 (19.8%) 22 (11.2%
r. Mosquito control 73 (37.1%) 73 (37.1%) 31 (15.7%) 20 (10.1%)
s. Development of inland land 83 (42.1%) 25 (12.7%) 47 (23.9%) 42 (21.3%)
t. Utility services from mainland: (telephone, power, fuel) 115 (58.4%) 26 (13.2% 39 (19.8%) 17 (8.6%)
u. High-speed Internet access 43 (21.8%) 71 (36%) 45 (22.8%) 38 (19.3%)
v. Other (specify): ________________ 4 (2 %) 12 (6.1%) 1 (0.5%) 180 (91.4%)

2. For those issues you marked "Needs Immediate Attention", above, please offer your suggestion(s) as to how the Town might address the problem.

The offered suggestions Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
"Needs immediate Attention" suggests great urgency. I think of these as areas for improvement. 1 0.5% 0.5%
# 1 Garbage - # 2 Internet - I think the town is moving, at last, on all these points. 1 0.5% 1.0%
(a) and (b) are being address. (h) We need roadside pick up on Isleford!!!!!! Recycling should be recycled!!!!!! 1 0.5% 1.6%
(d) Road and island maintenance, junk cars, traps, lobster pins, shorefront face lift and restoration 1 0.5% 2.1%
(h) Revisit current contract. (q) Limit # of cars; for seasonal visitors encourage golf carts. (u) Build a tower. (k) Year rounders need a schedule to make it possible to live on island & work 9-5 on mainland, school friendly for families/don't want to move 1 0.5% 2.6%
(i) More & longer piers. (u) More servers at library 1 0.5% 3.1%
(k) Better telephone communication. (m) More parking in Northeast Harbor 1 0.5% 3.6%
(k) Winter schedule doesn't allow for off island employment. (q) Too many cars, chokes parking lot, fills land with old non working cars. (s) Wild space is scarce, understanding needed for development of private space and environmental impact 1 0.5% 4.1%
(q) Have a hefty fee for vehicles so people will get them off island besides on. (u) I don't really know how this happens but it would be great 1 0.5% 4.7%
** Home maintenance; reinforcement of safety for cars; restrictions on the number of cars per family; should have some enforcement of maintaining one's home and property 1 0.5% 5.2%
** Commercial freight and waterfront safety. (a) Need better public education & incentives to get more involvement by all summer/winter folks. Maybe financial or provisions for discounted extinguishers or fire alarms... many additional comments on attached pg 1 0.5% 5.7%
** Enforce building code. Make the town maintain the cemeteries. I believe state law is that towns must care for cemeteries if there are veterans buried there; but town does nothing here.Up to date local telephone directory with other useful info. 1 0.5% 6.2%
** General store supplies. Building code enforcement - doesn't seem to be repercussions for people who don't get permits. Environmental issues seem to be ignored. Solid waste disposal - the new compactors will be the solution, they need to be put in place 1 0.5% 6.7%
** HUGE Parking problem; more parking space; enforce docking rules; more float space 1 0.5% 7.3%
** Island clutter 1 0.5% 7.8%
** Island parking at dock on Great Cranberry. For 2 years I have had my homeowner's insurance policy terminated after 23 years because of fire protection class on Great Cranberry 1 0.5% 8.3%
** Parking Side road on Cranberry. Parking at town Dock. Respecting other people's property 1 0.5% 8.8%
** Plumbing and electrical 1 0.5% 9.3%
** Public phone by dock. Bats and bat house building 1 0.5% 9.8%
** Recycling reward for car removal 1 0.5% 10.4%
** Speed limit to 15 mph; Post signs and enforce 1 0.5% 10.9%
** Tourism revenue; If I knew, I would fix it 1 0.5% 11.4%
** Town Management; a better year round ferry schedule would go to great lengths in improving the sustainability & health of a vibrant year round community 1 0.5% 11.9%
** Waterfront: From the rotting garbage at the restaurant to the abandoned cars at the town dock; cars left to sit while people go home on Memorial Day & don't return till August. The first impression is awful. There is no pride in how the community looks. 1 0.5% 12.4%
Fire depts need to continue upgrade. Scheduled maintenance of roads is necessary. Cutting cost of solid waste disposal is critical. Should have harbor mngmt plan to address mooring; enforcement of docking regs, arrangement of facilities, need more dinghy ties 1 0.5% 13.0%
2 cars per family at most. NOT FOURTEEN! 1 0.5% 13.5%
(a) & (b) Upgrade and publicize procedure. (d) Repair all town roads. (r) Open all drainage ditches to the sea; NEED MOSQUITO CONTROL BEFORE SPRING HATCH AND REPEAT AT APPROPRIATE INTERVALS UNTIL FROST 1 0.5% 14.0%
A truly workable work boat. Ferry service is greatly needed with a ferry leaving Islesford early enough (6:30) to get to jobs on the mainland year round 1 0.5% 14.5%
(a) Cleanup blow downs. Create fire breaks. (m) Needs more control at Joy St. (n) Unfortunately I have no practical suggestions 1 0.5% 15.0%
(a) Continue with programs started; (h) go back to curb side pick up 1 0.5% 15.5%
(a) Continue excellent progress on Islesford. (b) Train 2 EMT's per island, initiate CPR training. (c) Consistency of ordinance enforcement important. (h) Weekly curbside pick-up. (k) Town should subsidize early & night shift to enable commuter boat 1 0.5% 16.1%
Affordable housing - allow less construction of houses that cater to wealthier population. # of motor vehicles - do survey of island cars (like a registry) and tow the junkers away 1 0.5% 16.6%
All of the above referenced items should dealt with when considering comprehensive plan because they are quality of life issues 1 0.5% 17.1%
All residents and summer people should have information card about who to contact and procedures for emergency. Reduce parking in lot near/around store. 1 0.5% 17.6%
An organized volunteer fire dept. Some sort of police control over vandalism and enforcing the laws we have. Strict review of any future building on the island. Remove dump from present location (i.e wetland) to where it was voted to put the transfer station 1 0.5% 18.1%
Basic public services like fire protection (which affects insurance rates) medical, waste disposal. I suggest a priority rating for every service and the plan for improvement 1 0.5% 18.7%
Broadband on island would be great. Sutton town roads and Town Beach need attention. Solid Waste disposal is tentatively ok now. Mosquitoes are out of control-spray something. Cranberry Cove is not as competent or reliable as it was under prev mngmt 1 0.5% 19.2%
Building code enforcement - more control of shoreland building. Ferry schedule - need high school transportation for students in AM also for work commutes. Utility - fuel/propane access needs to improve to a regular schedule 1 0.5% 19.7%
Cannot satisfactorily answer at this time 1 0.5% 20.2%
Continue to hire or improve payment for solid waste disposal from Sutton. Intervene with Sutton and SW harbor ferry company to improve services. Make more parking stickers available for guests. 1 0.5% 20.7%
Cut down on # of cars and trucks, get them out of the town field. Fire and emergency are being addressed right now. Solid waste should be confined to an efficient area, non polluting. We need zoning to keep land from being divided up 1 0.5% 21.2%
(d) The culvert in front of our house has been plugged up for year causing water to backup and mosquitoes to breed. Have dumpsters emptied more often. Look into decreasing minimum lot size. Give the owner of junk cars 30 days to remove them or face fines 1 0.5% 21.8%
Drain the ditches to remove stagnant water 1 0.5% 22.3%
Dump unused vehicles and create a limit for number of vehicles a person can own on the island. Don't let ________ bring any more on the island 1 0.5% 22.8%
(e) Tie up time at dock should be enforced. (f) Container should be clearly marked for contents. (l) Space for skiffs/outboard inadequate. (q) Suggest creating a true parking area using part of town field not all vehicles actively in use 1 0.5% 23.3%
Efforts to improve fire & medical - right direction, continue support. A properly trained & assertive constable needed. The solid waste imbroglio must be solved quickly. There should be much stricter ordinance on abandoned cars & enforced. Mosquito control 1 0.5% 23.8%
Employment opportunities would be less of a problem if the ferry schedule was more conducive to jobs off island # of motor vehicles should be limited per family 1 0.5% 24.4%
Enforce motor vehicle and docking ordinances 1 0.5% 24.9%
Expand mailboat service to accommodate off island employment and school attendance. Make intelligent fiscal decisions by discussing solutions to problems with other island town officials to avoid mistakes 1 0.5% 25.4%
Expanded ferry schedule to help employment - town grants?????? 1 0.5% 25.9%
Fire and EMS are getting immediate attention now. Solid waste not sure what need to be done but bad situation. Too many junk cars on island. Keep ditches running there is too much stagnant water 1 0.5% 26.4%
Fire and medical response are making good progress on Islesford. Courtney is doing great work and I hope is getting the support to continue. See additional Comments. 1 0.5% 26.9%
Fire department needs more water supply. School needs more children 1 0.5% 27.5%
Fire is a concern especially response time. No enforcement of laws. Should waste disposal dumpsters be next to pond? Mosquitoes are out of control. Do we have to wait until someone gets really sick before we do anything? 1 0.5% 28.0%
Fire protection has greatly improved but will always be a prime considerations. C.C. has done a great job. Continue to educate summer people. Solid Waste -more cost-no pick up-little recycle- way too many cars on island. Should have to get a permit 1 0.5% 28.5%
Fire - experts are available. Police/law - it is not acceptable to allow neighbors or kids to destroy property because "that is the way it always has been." Parental Responsibility is needed and community needs to decide what is acceptable behavior 1 0.5% 29.0%
For mosquito control see report of Dwelling Committee rejected by Town meeting 1 0.5% 29.5%
Get rid of cars that are unusable. Bring more dragonflies to eat the mosquitoes 1 0.5% 30.1%
Get Selectmen to get the pot hole fixed! 1 0.5% 30.6%
(h) This may have been taken care of with the last contract but it has been a mess in the recent past. (o) Great progress has been made with the one available house. The realty trust should continue its good work 1 0.5% 31.1%
Harbor management - need active harbor master for each island 1 0.5% 31.6%
Hire off island law enforcement. Enforce present laws. CIRT needs more support financially 1 0.5% 32.1%
Hire the necessary personnel to do the jobs and will see the job completed. Hired personnel to help at dumpsters. Ice needs to be removed from steps regularly 1 0.5% 32.6%
I feel there should be an established limit to number of unregistered vehicles allowed outdoors on people's property. We need quicker response to acts of lawlessness, speeding, drunk driving, etc. 1 0.5% 33.2%
I know it is in the process for developing but I am sorry I don't have the answer 1 0.5% 33.7%
I think more attention should be paid to the building codes. People should not be able to put up whatever they please and not get permits. The problem is not a lack of laws but one of enforcement. 1 0.5% 34.2%
I think that all beaches should be public and I am tired of getting thrown off of "other's peoples" beaches (I, by the way own beachfront) 1 0.5% 34.7%
I think that many of the issues are being addressed but I do believe we need to address employment opportunities if we want year round residents; maybe high speed internet will help 1 0.5% 35.2%
I think they are in the process of updating fire, EMS and police 1 0.5% 35.8%
I'd like to have more boats in the winter running later and even an early morning one so people can live on the island and work off island more easily. Maybe we could have something like Swan's Island's state ferry service. 1 0.5% 36.3%
I'm not for clear cutting the entire island but the threat of a forest fire is very real. We need to explore ways to mitigate the danger of a conflagration before too late. 1 0.5% 36.8%
It would be in the town's best interest to partially fund High Speed Internet access along with private grants & user fees. Jobs are a big problem in keeping families on the island (who will then pay taxes) internet increases job possibilities 1 0.5% 37.3%
(k) and (t) Revise/expand winter schedule - alternative barging. (d), (e), and (l) Needs prioritizing and scheduling by selectmen 1 0.5% 37.8%
Lack of school is symptomatic of the death of the town. The folly in Manset is bankrupting the town. Commercial investment is the only way to jobs, it requires vision. 1 vehicle per year round resident is sufficient. Mosquito ditches need to be renewed 1 0.5% 38.3%
Law enforcement - The historical approach has been destroyed by those importing mainland concepts. Now a whole new Cranberry-specific approach has to be created. (m) Get the municipal corporation done. (n) improving the 12 month economy is the # 1 issue 1 0.5% 38.9%
Law enforcement Issue: Hiring full time Law enforcement people. Mosquito Control Issue: Environmentally friendly spraying for mosquitoes 1 0.5% 39.4%
Law enforcement official needed. Work ferry needed year round 1 0.5% 39.9%
Law enforcement - back the constable. Ferry schedule - earlier boats for off island commuting. Number of motor vehicles - 1 per household 1 0.5% 40.4%
Limit # of vehicles owned by or parked at one household. Solar phone battery so phone service continues when power is out for more than a day. High speed internet access to allow more people to work at home 1 0.5% 40.9%
Limit number of vehicle. Solid waste - renegotiate contract and hire someone else. Roads - make all roads town roads or else differentiate in taxes. 1 0.5% 41.5%
Limit parking at town dock and stop encroachment on town field. Consider chemical control of mosquitoes. Enforce trash, dog and car insurance laws and ordinance. Home owners should instruct renters about trash and fires 1 0.5% 42.0%
Maintain the roads!!! 1 0.5% 42.5%
Many are being addressed currently, I realize 1 0.5% 43.0%
More enclosed garbage container. Assess owner of each vehicle coming to island $ to remove/dispose of vehicle. Spray for mosquitoes using non toxic materials. Continue to rent Joy Road lot. Ttown-owned "chipper" to encourage fallen tree removal/fire hazard 1 0.5% 43.5%
More finger floats for tie ups 1 0.5% 44.0%
More people are building & expanding properties that impede on the views of others. Demands for additional public services are being made for the advantage of a minority of people. Everyone pays extra taxes to utilize conveniences of a few 1 0.5% 44.6%
More support for fire department and EMS. Lots of public input. Comp plan is a good way, too 1 0.5% 45.1%
Mosquito and parking are in great need of help but I don't have a clue 1 0.5% 45.6%
Mosquito control by spraying a safe insecticide 1 0.5% 46.1%
Most home owners have their own wells. It is up to them to check the quality and up to the Lord for quantity. 1 0.5% 46.6%
My main concerns from those above are employment opportunities and affordable housing. There are very few options for young people interested in staying on the island 1 0.5% 47.2%
Need EMTs on both islands. (e) Ordinance. (h) Solid Waste 1 0.5% 47.7%
No concerns at this time 1 0.5% 48.2%
No response 1 0.5% 48.7%
No response 54 28.0% 76.7%
Not being afraid to make tough decisions that are for the common good and LOTS OF FINES 1 0.5% 77.2%
Not sure how this could be done without using pesticides, which would not be good for water supply 1 0.5% 77.7%
On GCI better enforcement of 2 hr docking. People w/o cars should get consideration for off island space. More stickers be given than spaces as lot is never full @ Northeast. DWI and reckless driving - should be dealt with 1 0.5% 78.2%
On Great Cranberry, help has been refused (emergency medical) at times. WE NEED BACK UP. Town training maybe. Lack of law enforcement with regard to drunk driving, disorderly behavior and driving issues. Individual pumps bilge oil into harbor. 1 0.5% 78.8%
On the issue of mosquito control, we need to be responsible and all work together to clean the ditches and streams so they drain 1 0.5% 79.3%
Parking: Manset parking is working well. Island parking at NE H is highly unsatisfactory, overcrowded, not monitored, and badly kept up. Mosquitoes are terrible. 1 0.5% 79.8%
Parking-needs to be easier & cheaper for year rounders. Employment - more winter jobs. Affordable housing - year round families should not suffer because Maine popular tourist location. Vehicles - remove unused cars. Utilities - power lines mess up too much 1 0.5% 80.3%
Perhaps there would be fewer cars at the dock, as there once was a "taxi" service to and from dock, one could count on (a form of employment for year rounders.) Also a grocery delivery service 1 0.5% 80.8%
Possible early boat 1 0.5% 81.3%
Press the telephone company for a new cable 1 0.5% 81.9%
(q) Enforce insurance requirements - random check throughout year. (r) Ask island institute intern to research and present report. (k) Subsidize earlier working ferry to allow work and school off island - ditto later boat in afternoon; summer months 1x weekly 1 0.5% 82.4%
Recycling program should be rejuvenated. Trash should not be disposed of/stored at gravel pit location 1 0.5% 82.9%
Roads need to be repaired. The floats need to be opened for others not the same four people 1 0.5% 83.4%
Roads will need maintenance again soon. If the island community is going to continue, families and jobs will have to increase 1 0.5% 83.9%
(s) Need better information on how this can be done. (u) Needs to be done 1 0.5% 84.5%
Schedule for ferry would depend on high school schedule and job opportunities 1 0.5% 85.0%
See attached 1 0.5% 85.5%
See Attached sheet 3 pages attached 1 0.5% 86.0%
Selectmen need Administrative assistant. Even if increased in numbers a responsible administrator is desirable 1 0.5% 86.5%
Solid Waste Disposal-discontinue -if this is driving up taxes. Discontinue anything that drives up taxes. We old timers are forced out by the outrageous tax bills. Please no more parking lot purchases with no public parking spaces 1 0.5% 87.0%
Solid waste - strict rules on type garbage to be disposed; curb pick up weekly; no town dump or compactor. Mosquitoes - open ditches as proposed by committee 1 0.5% 87.6%
Some issues are being addressed (cable/internet.) It may make sense to have police on the island, esp. during summer months. All cars should have insurance and junk cars should be taken off island 1 0.5% 88.1%
Some of the items I checked "Needs Immediate Attention" are being currently addressed. This should be continued 1 0.5% 88.6%
Speed bumps as you come up the road from the cranberry dock might help trucks stop racing around the curve where a lot of children play. Fire - our fields were burned last year w/o any prior notification from the fire dept. This was not ok 1 0.5% 89.1%
Start by not allowing the fire truck to freeze 1 0.5% 89.6%
Strictly enforce wetlands protection. No mosquito control; no enforcement of any ordinance regarding barking dogs 1 0.5% 90.2%
Subsidize realistic schedule for ferry, early boat off and late boat on 1 0.5% 90.7%
Suggest all-weather emergency boat with dedicated fleet/dock space. Old fast converted lobster boat. High speed internet 1 0.5% 91.2%
Taking away cars that have set for long periods of time at parking lot and many utility vehicles from town dock area to make more room for cars. Also that people could only leave cars for a certain period of time 1 0.5% 91.7%
The dirt roads are so full of potholes, they are dangerous. Having them filled regularly would help. I don't know the town's budget for roads, but I know we pay significant taxes. I am not sure how to create more jobs. Maybe a bigger store or some other 1 0.5% 92.2%
The pond we let you dig on our land has never been completed. I've questioned it several times. Boats at the dock way over exceed the 2 hour limit 1 0.5% 92.7%
The town could ask Verizon to look into giving us higher speed internet access. 1 0.5% 93.3%
There are way too many vehicles (per family for some). Housing costs have become very expensive for the families. We need to be living out there year round 1 0.5% 93.8%
This would take a longer discussion than can be offered here. We know that the problems are complex and difficult 1 0.5% 94.3%
Tight and enforced zoning restrictions covering all property and transfer and building. Use of modified environmental impact statements on all development. Tax incentives for undeveloped parcels 1 0.5% 94.8%
Tired of laws being ignored regarding licensed drivers, drinking and driving, etc. 1 0.5% 95.3%
Town dock needs more rocks removed so ferry captains can dock in all weather and tides 1 0.5% 95.9%
We are concerned about our fire insurance. Can we attain a higher standard or rating? Could there be drills to practice emergency medical response? The Merritt Road needs drainage work. Mosquito control is poor. Could we investigate methods? 1 0.5% 96.4%
We have not needed fire and emergency medical so it is hard for us to judge 1 0.5% 96.9%
We must enforce ordinances. We need recycling center NOW 1 0.5% 97.4%
We need a local resident as a law enforcer, also a harbor master that isn't afraid to enforce rules, boat parking on the dock. Old cars not in use should be removed from parking areas. Open space should be left for all to enjoy 1 0.5% 97.9%
WE NEED A RESIDENT DEPUTY TO ENFORCE LAWS/ORDINANCES 1 0.5% 98.4%
We need mosquito control. Too many non informed jumping to conclusions have prevailed so far. We need a strong committee. Vehicle limitations needed. Code enforcement needs to be paid position. 1 0.5% 99.0%
We need to be able to go to work from the homes we own. At this point the boating is to benefit the "off island" people not the on-island people. 1 0.5% 99.5%
Work on affordable housing underway but anticipating what number should be available should be in planning 1 0.5% 100.0%
Total 193 100.0% 100.0%

C. For PRIMARY Residents Only:

1. Are you currently employed?

a. Yes, full time - 35 (17.8%)
b. Yes, part time - 28 (14.2%)
c. No - 34 (17.3%)
No Answer Given - 100 (50.8%)

2. Are you looking for a job?

a. Yes - 13 (6.6%)
b. No - 80 (40.6%)
No Answer Given - 104 (52.8%)

3. If you are not currently employed and not seeking a job, are you a full-time student, a full-time parent or retired?

a. full-time student - 11 (5.6%)
b. full-time parent - 7 (3.6%)
c. retired - 22 (11.2%)
d. other (please specify) - 8 (4.1%) [see below]
No Answer Given 149 - (75.6%)

4. If you are employed, where do you work?

a. On home island - 41 (20.8%)
b. Cranberry Isles, but not on the island where I live - 2 (1%)
c. Not in Cranberry Isles - 17 (8.6%)
No Answer Given - 137 (69.5%)

5. If you are employed somewhere other than the island where you live, how long is your one-way commute?

1 Minute - 4 people (2%)
10 Minutes - 1 person (0.5%)
15 Minutes - 1 person (0.5%)
20 Minutes - 2 people (1%)
30 Minutes - 4 people (2%)
45 Minutes - 2 people (1%)
60 Minutes - 2 people (1%)
150 Minutes - 2 people (1%)
No Answer Given - 179 (90.8%)

6. Are you self-employed?

a. Yes - 41 (20.8%)
b. No - 34 (17.3%)
No Answer Given - 122 (61.9%)

7. Do you depend on the Internet to connect to a job located off island?

a. Yes - 13 (6.6%)
b. No - 58 (29.4%)
No Answer Given - 126 (64%)

8. If you are employed, in what industry are you employed? (Check all that apply)

a. Fishing - 15 (7.6%) / No Answer - 182
b. Education - 9 (4.6%) / No Answer - 188
c. Carpentry - 6 (3%) / No Answer - 191
d. Boats (building/maintenance/storage) - 5 (2.5%) / No Answer - 192
e. Landscaping - 4 (2%) / No Answer - 193
f. Municipal - 2 (1%) / No Answer - 195
g. Housekeeping - 5 (2.5%) / No Answer - 192
h. Caretaking - 7 (3.6%) / No Answer - 190
i. Other - 35 (17.8%) / No Answer - 162

"Other" from question 8 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
administrative 1 2.9% 2.9%
administrator 1 2.9% 5.7%
architect 1 2.9% 8.6%
art 1 2.9% 11.4%
arts 2 5.7% 17.1%
Bed and Breakfast 1 2.9% 20.0%
clergy 1 2.9% 22.9%
consulting 1 2.9% 25.7%
crafts person, computer 1 2.9% 28.6%
ferry service 1 2.9% 31.4%
gift shop owner 1 2.9% 34.3%
government 1 2.9% 37.1%
health 1 2.9% 40.0%
historic preservation writing 1 2.9% 42.9%
historical society 1 2.9% 45.7%
jeweler, writer 1 2.9% 48.6%
library 1 2.9% 51.4%
local government 1 2.9% 54.3%
medical 1 2.9% 57.1%
medical care 1 2.9% 60.0%
non profit 1 2.9% 62.9%
post office 1 2.9% 65.7%
potter 1 2.9% 68.6%
restaurant 2 5.7% 74.3%
retail 2 5.7% 80.0%
service 1 2.9% 82.9%
store owner 1 2.9% 85.7%
store/landlord 1 2.9% 88.6%
teacher 1 2.9% 91.4%
technology 1 2.9% 94.3%
trucking 1 2.9% 97.1%
woodwork 1 2.9% 100.0%
Total 35 100.0% 100.0%

D. FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

The following chart shows historical year-round population figures for the town of Cranberry Isles.

YEAR POPULATION
1900 374
1920 410
1940 334
1960 181
1980 201
2000 128

1. What year-round population count would you like to see in the year 2010?

a. 100 to 150 - 30 (15.2%)
b. 150 to 200 - 84 (42.6%)
c. More than 200 - 46 (23.4%)
d. No preference - 23 (11.7%)
No Answer Given - 14 (7.1%)

2. Should the town consider adopting ordinances that encourage more, the same or less of the following?


More Same Less No Response
a. Year-round housing 133 (67.5%) 33 (16.8%) 1 (0.5%) 30 (15.2%)
b. Affordable housing 121 (61.4%) 40 (20.3%) 5 (2.5%) 31 (15.7%)
c. Single family units 72 (36.5%) 67 (34%) 7 (3.6%) 51 (25.9%)
d. Multi-family units 30 (15.2%) 67 (34%) 44 (22.3%) 56 (28.4%)
e. Mobile homes 4 (2%) 43 (21.8%) 103 (52.3%) 48 (23.8%)
f. Other (specify): ________________ 10 (5.1%) 2 (1%) 1 (0.5%) 184 (92.4%)

"Other" from question 2 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
1 1 8.3% 8.3%
acquisition of land for above 1 8.3% 16.7%
condos 1 8.3% 25.0%
depends on what is meant by encourage 1 8.3% 33.3%
elderly housing 1 8.3% 41.7%
government stay out 1 8.3% 50.0%
housing 1 8.3% 58.3%
in law aprts/housing 1 8.3% 66.7%
income producing business and services 1 8.3% 75.0%
whatever we can do to support PO, store and School 1 8.3% 83.3%
winter rentals 1 8.3% 91.7%
working waterfront 1 8.3% 100.0%
Total 12 100.0% 100.0%

3. Should the town consider adopting ordinances and/or other measures to protect the following?


Yes No No Answer
a. Undeveloped land 129 (65.5%) 42 (21.3%) 26 (13.2%)
b. Wildlife habitat 145 (73.6%) 29 (14.7%) 23 (11.7%
c. Aquifers 160 (81.2%) 16 (8.1%) 21 (10.7%)
d. Wetlands 144 (73.1%) 26 (13.2%) 27 (13.7%)
e. Scenic views 123 (62.4%) 34 (17.3%) 40 (20.3%)
f. Shellfish area Protection/restoration 162 (82.2%) 10 (5.1%) 25 (12.7%)

4. Would you support policies that protect against converting commercial shorefront property to residential use?

a. Yes - 149 (75.6%)
b. No - 26 (13.2%)
No Answer Given - 22 (11.1%)

5. Would you like to see more, the same or less of the following?


More Same Less No Response
a. Retail 87 (44.2%) 81 (41.1%) 2 (1%) 27 (13.7%)
b. Manufacturing 70 (35.5%) 79 (40.1%) 12 (6.1%)) 36 (18.3%
c. Tourism 41 (20.8%) 99 (50.3%) 38 (19.3%) 19 (9.6%)
d. Other commercial (specify, such as boatbuilding, lobster cooperative...) ________________ 105 (53.3%) 32 (16.2%) 0 (0%) 60 (30.4%)

6. If the Cranberry Isles is not your primary residence now, do you plan to make Cranberry Isles your primary residence in the future?

Probably, at some point this year - 1 (2.5%)
Probably, some point in the future - 39 (19.8%)
Probably not - 89 (45.2%)
No Answer Given - 65 (33%)

7. Are there any changes that could be made on Cranberry Islands which would possibly change your answer to question 6 ? (please consider the list of municipal issues in section B and any other issues you may have.)

a. Yes - 38 (19.3 %)
b. No - 78 (39.6%)
No Answer Given - 81 (41%)

8. If you own undeveloped land, do you plan to build on it or sell it to someone who will?

a. Yes, in the next year or two - 5 (2.5%)
b. Yes, at some point in the future - 13 (6.6%)
c. No - 92 (46.7%)
No Answer Given - 87 (44.1%)

D. GENERAL RESPONSE

1. What do you like most about living in Cranberry Isles?

Like Most Code 1 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Beauty 38 21.0% 21.0%
Community 49 27.1% 48.1%
Culture 2 1.1% 49.2%
Family 8 4.4% 53.6%
Good People 27 14.9% 68.5%
Other 4 2.2% 70.7%
Peace and Quiet 33 18.2% 89.0%
Rural Atmosphere 9 5.0% 93.9%
Safety and Security 6 3.3% 97.2%
Slow Pace 5 2.8% 100.0%
Total 181 100.0% 100.0%

Like Most Code 2 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Beauty 35 24.6% 24.6%
Community 19 13.4% 38.0%
Culture 4 2.8% 40.8%
Family 3 2.1% 43.0%
Good People 23 16.2% 59.2%
Other 2 1.4% 60.6%
Peace and Quiet 23 16.2% 76.8%
Quiet 2 1.4% 78.2%
Rural Atmosphere 13 9.2% 87.3%
Safety and Security 9 6.3% 93.7%
Slow Pace 9 6.3% 100.0%
Total 142 100.0% 100.0%

Like Most Code 3 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Beauty 16 20.0% 20.0%
Community 11 13.8% 33.8%
Culture 5 6.3% 40.0%
Family 2 2.5% 42.5%
Good People 11 13.8% 56.3%
Other 2 2.5% 58.8%
Peace and Quiet 9 11.3% 70.0%
Rural Atmosphere 11 13.8% 83.8%
Safety and Security 7 8.8% 92.5%
Slow Pace 6 7.5% 100.0%
Total 80 100.0% 100.0%

2. What do you like least about living in Cranberry Isles?

Like Least Code 1 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Affects of Wealth 6 3.7% 3.7%
Boat rides 3 1.8% 5.5%
Cost of living 5 3.1% 8.6%
Crowding 6 3.7% 12.3%
Ferry Schedules 30 18.4% 30.7%
Fire Safety 2 1.2% 31.9%
Fire/Medical Safety 1 0.6% 32.5%
Garbage Disposal 2 1.2% 33.7%
Inconvenience 14 8.6% 42.3%
Insects 12 7.4% 49.7%
Isolation 10 6.1% 55.8%
Junk Cars 6 3.7% 59.5%
Lack of Jobs 5 3.1% 62.6%
Lack of Law Enforcement 11 6.7% 69.3%
Other 13 8.0% 77.3%
Parking 3 1.8% 79.1%
Shopping 2 1.2% 80.4%
Tourists 9 5.5% 85.9%
Town Management 11 6.7% 92.6%
Traffic 2 1.2% 93.9%
Unfriendly People 7 4.3% 98.2%
Weather 3 1.8% 100.0%
Total 163 100.0% 100.0%

Like Least Code 2 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Affects of Wealth 4 5.1% 5.1%
Boat rides 2 2.5% 7.6%
Cost of living 2 2.5% 10.1%
Ferry Schedules 3 3.8% 13.9%
Fire/Medical Safety 2 2.5% 16.5%
Garbage Disposal 3 3.8% 20.3%
Inconvenience 5 6.3% 26.6%
Insects 6 7.6% 34.2%
Isolation 5 6.3% 40.5%
Junk Cars 6 7.6% 48.1%
Lack of Jobs 9 11.4% 59.5%
Lack of Law Enforcement 8 10.1% 69.6%
Other 4 5.1% 74.7%
Parking 1 1.3% 75.9%
Shopping 8 10.1% 86.1%
Tourists 2 2.5% 88.6%
Town Management 5 6.3% 94.9%
Traffic 3 3.8% 98.7%
Unfriendly People 1 1.3% 100.0%
Total 79 100.0% 100.0%

Like Least Code 3 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Affects of Wealth 2 6.5% 6.5%
Cost of living 1 3.2% 9.7%
Ferry Schedules 3 9.7% 19.4%
Fire Safety 1 3.2% 22.6%
Fire/Medical Safety 1 3.2% 25.8%
Garbage Disposal 2 6.5% 32.3%
Insects 2 6.5% 38.7%
Isolation 1 3.2% 41.9%
Other 10 32.3% 74.2%
Parking 1 3.2% 77.4%
Shopping 1 3.2% 80.6%
Tourists 3 9.7% 90.3%
Town Management 1 3.2% 93.5%
Traffic 2 6.5% 100.0%
Total 31 100.0% 100.0%

3. What issues do you feel should be included in the Comprehensive Plan but were not mentioned in this survey?

Issue 1 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Affordable Housing 2 3.8% 3.8%
Development 5 9.6% 13.5%
Dwindling Population 6 11.5% 25.0%
Economy 2 3.8% 28.8%
Ferry 6 11.5% 40.4%
Job Opportunities 1 1.9% 42.3%
Law Enforcement 5 9.6% 51.9%
Local services 14 26.9% 78.8%
Noise 1 1.9% 80.8%
Over regulation 3 5.8% 86.5%
Parking 3 5.8% 92.3%
Zoning 4 7.7% 100.0%
Total 52 100.0% 100.0%

Issue 2 Frequency Percent Cumulative Percent
Development 3 23.1% 23.1%
Economy 1 7.7% 30.8%
Job Opportunities 3 23.1% 53.8%
Law Enforcement 1 7.7% 61.5%
Local services 3 23.1% 84.6%
Parking 1 7.7% 92.3%
Zoning 1 7.7% 100.0%
Total 13 100.0% 100.0%

4. Additional comments here: (Use additional pages or back if needed.)

Cranberry Isles

Additional Comments

Schools
* If we are able to attract more year-rounders -- schools will need to be more current and mainland access easier

Fire
* More consistent training, town sharing in the cost to individuals to train

* I have had to take my insurance company to court through the Maine Insurance Bureai the last 2 years because they won't renew our policy.

EMT
* Can't rely on our present EMT's being around forever. Needs on going emphasis.

* EMT Training

Road Maintenance
* Ditching culverts for drainage might also help with mosquitoes.

* One of our issues that has developed in the last 10 years is the gradual deterioration of our property edges at the corner of Harding Road and the Main Road. The stop sign used to be much farther out and curving to the right onto Main Road. Toward the park has widened considerably. We are also losing our lovely maples due to age and are starting to look into a plan to stabilize the road edges (gain some of our corners back) and replant the front of our property and possibly make more of a screen to the noise from the tennis court. We would like to work with the road maintenance folks to shore up our property edge.

Waste Disposal
* Let's get this done!!!!!! Complete plan we now have.

* Solid waste needs someone to watch how we use solid waste facilities and an ordinance to follow solid waste research committee.

* Go back to stressing recycling, composting & encouraging people to do this more.

* Grain bags, with the nominal charge, worked, if picked up was on schedule.

* Attempt to get an exemption from the state for burning of "clean house paper."

* Encourage individual home compactors -- this could at least cut down on the volume and # of barge trips.

* Continue to explore a community wide compactor.

* Charge for large item disposal.

* Monitor disposal of trash to assist in -- means limiting times of access to bins.

* Police dumping large items in the woods. This is a small place; we know who has what so it should not be too hard to identify who threw a boat, trailer or car in the woods.

Ferry Schedule
* Ferry schedule in summer should include some evening boats.

* Ferry schedule in winter needs to have earlier AM boat and later afternoon/evening boat so students/workers have better access to mainland activities.

* We should consider the Town supporting a municipal commuter boat and boat service to run year round. Islanders should not be held hostage by B & B or an occasional ________ [indisposition]. Commuting to the mainland and work should be a citizen's right. Taxpayers should be willing to subsidize as should DOT.

* Work with providers for additional boat in the evening and on off season weekends.

Employment
* Need to encourage "cottage industries" and freighting of goods onto/off islands. This is clearly linked to (u), High speed Internet. If we could develop some means of making a living over the winter with some creative DSL driven communications supporting a call center for MBNA or services for LL Bean all the effort could be done with remote access technologies.

Land
* Town and 501-3c organizations need to make greater efforts to obtain land, housing, financing for year round newcomers.

Utilities
* Internet Connection speed needs improvement.

* Dead Spots for cell phones needs to be addressed. Maybe town should encourage phone companies to build towers and collect some rent from these companies.

* Better barging facilities might make "life on island" all winter more certain.

* Bangor Hydro, Verizon and fuel must be consistently reliable. Our government reps should be able to help. Perhaps a campaign in the press ie, a David and Goliath series on the little guys jousting with giants.

* Reasonably priced cable or satellite service. This would make some of us able to set up a home based business and maybe make the island a year round residence.

Commercial Freight
* Commercial freight should not be carried on mail boat. Someone is going to get hurt. A separate freight service should carry lumber, store produce, etc. This would not require licensed captains, etc.

Waterfront Safety
* Telephone or alarm systems should be installed on town docks in case of emergency. This is especially needed during the off season when the waterfront is empty of people.

Vehicles
* The town must also start fining/ticketing vehicle on Islesford that remain unmoved for more than two weeks. We are not a depository for used up motor vehicles. The town field/parking lot is trashed. Should be a law on motor vehicles out here.

* Limit two per family for year round. No permanent vehicles for summer residents. On in June, off in September, except for golf carts and the like.

* Enforce fee structure, and implement 2 /family restrictions, parking, fee @ town field, No cars for summer residents; golf carts.

* While we do not want to limit people's freedom, we also believe some need to respect others on the island. Vehicles are needed, especially for year round residents, but when their life is over the owner should be responsible to get rid of them, off island, in a timely manner. Except when a truck is needed for business, it seems excessive to have more than 1vehicle / household.

* Enforce the deposit/payment to bring a vehicle on the island.

* Golf carts are a great way to get around.

* I would support a "deposit" or disposal tax on every vehicle brought on the island.

* Need to remove unwanted vehicles/boats maybe at town cost.

Mosquitoes
* Drainage, bats, dragonflies. Encourage residents to make sure they do not have standing water on their properties in tires, cane, etc. Education.

* A slippery issue but with the West Nile moving north, we'll have to deal with this sooner or later.

Law Enforcement
* Enforce the existing zoning regs so people don't become cynical and lose faith in the system.

Affordable Housing
* It's a real problem but renting out your house can create problems as well. Especially if the place is older or inadequately equipped for year round habitation. The fact that everyone is on septic is scary for property owners.

* It would be nice if the town could create a triplex or small apartment building but I believe that it is unrealistic to expect taxpayers to pay for it.

Development of Inland Land
* The unfortunate result of inflation is that woodlots are worth big bucks. They aren't a source of firewood for the owners. If the interior wooded areas of the island are cut with roads and allowed to become developed, it will permanently alter the wild aspect of large parts of both Little and Great Cranberry. But going back to fire protection, the idea of creating fire breaks should not be ruled out.

General
* I've been thinking about what matters to me big time when I think of the future at Isleford. I am not a year round resident. I'm not really a summer resident any longer either. I own no property on the island now. I don't plan to live on Isleford, BUT I LIVE YEAR ROUND NEARBY IN Southwest Harbor as of 1999 and my passion for Isleford has been constant and always enlivened. Since 1941-the year I was born, I was lucky to grow up in the era when we Lord kids were on the island all summer, every summer. Now the Lord family house is owned by sixteen first cousins. Long stays for anyone are out of the question. Now Dick Atlee and I relate to the island through the year-round community, and each summer we make sure the annual July maypole and August Literary evening happen for the community.

* It's a rich brew of interesting and interested people interacting in a myriad of ways. Really quite extraordinary. Not to be taken for granted. I hope we can continue to cultivate an environment in which the pot can be stirred as new ingredients are added. May the brew be savored?

* People contribute their energies to the good of the community in a multitude of different ways, depending upon their talents, skills, interests, and ability to give at various stages of their lives. In a small community, one can see this played out and it's good for everyone including the kids. With many summer residents on the island for relatively short times in this era, it would be wise to find ways to encourage -- seeking -- their help when needed on the community. It can be a two way all around good experience.

* This brings me to the geographic layout of the central village and roads on Islesford. I hope collective attention will be paid to making roads safe from speeding vehicles so that little kids on bikes and old ladies with walkers and everyone else will feel fine about using the roads. Because the chance encounters in the roads create an aspect of the rich brew: people coming together. There are way more cars than when I was a kid. I understand the trucks for workers (construction, fishermen) but cars....cars....cars....? (The Lord Family is one of the very few families with never ever a car, and it's worked out fine. Seasonal). walking + biking = good exercise.

* I would like to see more interest in the ecology/determination of the woods due to disease and other factors.

* I miss many of the old folk (year rounders) that have passed away as well as many of the elderly summer folk that have died. The island feels much different to me than it did back 15 years ago.

* Bathroom/water facilities are inadequate at store/harbor.

* PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES


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Age Groups of People Completing Survey

Under 18 - 6 (3%)
18 to 25 - 19 (9.6%)
26 to 40 - 9 (4.6%)
41 to 65 - 96 (48.7%)
Over 65 - 54 (27.4%)
Age Not Listed - 13 (6.6%)