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The Kennebunkport, Maine Planning Board on April 18 approved renovations at Sandy Pines Campground, including an expanded main entrance and driveway, additions to the glam tent area and construction of a new bathhouse near the regular tenting sites.

Sandy Pines Campground, formerly known as Salty Acres Campground, was owned by the Spang family for decades. Partners Tim Harrington and Deb Lennon purchased it in 2016 and poured $5 million into the facility last year, updating the water, sewer and electric infrastructure to bring it up to current codes, according to seacoastonline.com.

The board voted 4-0 with a handful of conditions hammered out over several meetings this spring.

The conditions include limiting the number of campsites to no more than 300, using only organic fertilizers and pesticides, using native plants wherever practical and funding the local healthy beaches water testing programs in the amount of at least $2,500 per year.

The board also added the condition that Sandy Pines will not provide a transportation service to shuttle campers to Goose Rocks Beach and will not have bands or amplified music on site after 10 p.m.

Sebago Technics Landscape Architect Steve Doe and attorney Ralph Austin outlined the proposal for the planning board over the course of several recent meetings. A handful of Goose Rocks Beach residents voiced their concerns about the upgrades and general opposition to the campground.

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