Developer: 'Glamping,' marina will make Stockton a destination

By Stephanie Grinnell | May 09, 2018

Stockton Springs — Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the correct spelling of Liversidge.

Sandy Liversidge has a vision for Stockton Harbor that begins with yurts.

He’s received Planning Board approval for six yurts on his 33-acre property with 1,800 feet of water frontage on the harbor, a short distance away from Stockton Harbor Yacht Club, which he also owns. Two yurt platforms already are installed and he said he hopes to open the “glamping” experience in July. Yurts are described by the National Geographic Society as “... a portable, circular dwelling made of a lattice of flexible poles and covered in felt or other fabric. They are a sturdy, reliable type of tent. Yurts have been the primary style of home in Central Asia, particularly Mongolia, for thousands of years.” The idea to install the structures in Stockton Springs came from a friend, Liversidge said.

“I don’t believe people from away should move to a place and tell them what they should do in their community,” the former longtime Kennebunk resident said, later adding, “I’m not one of those big developer guys. I just want to build a better community.”

Each yurt will include a kitchenette and enclosed bathroom with full shower, he said. Glamping is a relatively new umbrella term for luxury camping, where people can experience nature with all of the benefits of modern amenities. He said several of the yurts will be winterized.

“I hope to be open year-round,” Liversidge said. “There’s so much to do if you’re an outdoors person.”

Liversidge also has plans for low-impact waterfront amusements — he calls the venture The Playground. Individual sheds stocked with lawn chairs, a table, an umbrella, games and a grill can be rented and the user allowed access to Stockton Harbor. The Playground is coming together with the help of his wife and 23-year-old daughter, he said.

“It’s all concept, the majority,” he said. “It’s such a beautiful harbor.”

Further down the line, Liversidge said he hopes to gain approval for a 45-slip marina as well as a marina building with a lounge and showers, and possibly a restaurant. Boat fuel will be made available as well.

“I just want a building that’ll meet all of the needs and add character. … I understand the value of a comfortable marina,” he said, later adding, “It’s not like people don’t know about Stockton Harbor; they already come here.”

The previous owner of what is now the yacht club was permitted for a 300-slip marina, Liversidge noted.

“So I’m not the first to think it’s a good idea,” he said.

The eventual marina building is modeled with a gambrel roofline facing the water and shed roofs extending on both sides, after a much-loved building in Kennebunk, Liversidge said. The marina plans have not been approved by the town’s Planning Board and Liversidge said he continues to seek investors for the project.

His complete vision, he said, is to help make Stockton Harbor a destination between Belfast and Bucksport. While he admits the out-of-the-way location poses challenges — his property is not adjacent to any major roads — Liversidge said there’s nothing better than watching the sun set over the harbor.

“We don’t want to be any of those other places; we want to be Stockton,” he said.

On his website, stocktonharbormaine.com, his current and future plans are outlined in detail.

 

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Stephanie is editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. She previously served as editor of Camden Herald following its return in April 2012.

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