A view of the two worlds of Great Diamond Island. Year-rounders live on the sout
A view of the two worlds of Great Diamond Island. Year-rounders live on the south end and residents of the upscale Diamond Cove resort development, which Dictar Associates created from Fort McKinley, live on the north end. The formal challenge that faced developers is known as the "big fight." Developer David Bateman, managing partner of Diamond Cove, talks of his vision of revamping the fort. Kay Carr, 91, who makes doughnuts for old-timers in her kitchen every Saturday morning, proclaims her dislike of Bateman. Tim Leddy, 41, owner of T. L. Construction, works on the development and lives in Alfred, but has spent summers on the island since his youth. He, like many of the islanders, took materials from the fort when it was abandoned, and is happy to see it revived. With details on the Diamond Island Association founded in 1886, the parallel history of a summer colony conceived by a syndicate of the daring rich; the obstacles to the current project; the island's over-abundance of deer; the transformation of the fort, and comments from residents from both sides of the island.
Dictar Associates Falmouth, Great Diamond Island Casco Bay, Real estate development
Salzberg, Bogart, "A view of the two worlds of Great Diamond Island. Year-rounders live on the sout" (1997). Maine News Index – Salt. 305.