Cliff Island, ten miles off Portland's mainland, is down to a year-round populat
Cliff Island, ten miles off Portland's mainland, is down to a year-round population of 57, the lowest since the 1970s. The secession of Long Island from Portland in 1993 led the city to create the position of Manager of Island Affairs, whose sole function is to deal with the concerns of the residents of Portland's islands. Some islanders complain that the city takes in more in taxes from Cliff Island than it provides in services, and there is talk of a move to secede from the city. One of the most difficult aspects of living on Cliff is making a living, and the destruction by fire of Finestkind, a construction business, resulted in the loss of a major island employer. Details.
Cliff Island -- Casco Bay, Secession
Goodyear, Sarah, "Cliff Island, ten miles off Portland's mainland, is down to a year-round populat" (1997). Maine News Index – Casco Bay Weekly. 1586.