Legal fight puts Cumberland beach vote in question

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CUMBERLAND (AP) — A referendum question that could create a public beach in a Maine town may be jeopardized by a legal battle over a technicality in a contract.

Voters in Cumberland will be asked Nov. 4 if they want to bond $3 million to get public access to a nearly half-mile-long beach and pier. WCSH-TV (http://on.wcsh6.com/1zdVLUH ) reported developers have negotiated to buy 104 acres of the land along Foreside Road and sell 25 acres of that to the town.

An attorney representing seller Spears Hill LLC says the buyer, Bateman Partners LLC, was too late in filing a closing extension. A judge ruled Bateman Partners can have the extension, which gives them until Nov. 7 to decide on the property.

Some residents oppose the initiative because of the price.

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