SEARSPORT — Friends of Sears Island announced that, together with Islesboro Islands Trust and Sierra Club Maine, it will hold a downtown rally for Sears Island during Searsport’s annual Fling into Fall celebration Saturday, Oct. 8.

The rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Mermaid Plaza, 1 E. Main St., according to the announcement. Organizers invite the public to come and learn more about Maine Department of Transportation’s proposal to develop a “wind port” in Searsport.

FOSI also announced it will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library, to give a status update on the MDOT proposal.

The department is considering developing Sears Island, “one of the largest undeveloped islands on the Eastern Seaboard,” into a hub for building and launching floating offshore wind turbines. Also under consideration is the existing port facility at Mack Point.

“This would significantly diminish (Sears) Island’s ecological, recreational and economic value, when redeveloping Mack Point, an industrial site for more than a century, is a feasible and ‘greener’ option in Penobscot Bay,” the FOSI press release said.

The group invited people who “love Sears Island” to make a sign and show their love. “If you have an interest in the future of Sears Island, come learn more and let your voice be heard!” the press release said.

Free hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, starting at noon, while they last. Live traditional and Celtic music with Searsport’s own Sea Strings Community Orchestra will play from noon until 2 p.m.

At the Oct. 12 meeting in Belfast, the Friends said they will “review the process so far and provide analysis of new information” that was expected to come from the Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group’s Sept. 29 meeting in Augusta.

To learn more about the state’s plan, FOSI invited the public to visit