Ocean View Feud: Tree Poisoning Sparks Legal Battle in Maine
By angelamontana

Posted: June 30, 2024

The poisoned oak trees behind Gorman’s home. Vinal Applebee via AP

A dispute between two wealthy neighbors in a small Maine town has caused controversy as one is accused of poisoning oak trees to improve their ocean view, resulting in damage to a public beach and possible health risks. Despite paying significant fines, some locals believe the consequences should be more severe, including possible jail time and a sliding scale for fines based on wealth.

The community is hoping for stricter regulations and justice as the case unfolds, but the only current solution is to remove affected soil and wait for the herbicide to dissipate. Some are even questioning the Bonds’ place in the town’s social scene.  Oh, money.

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Feature photo: The homes of Lisa Gorman, front, and Amelia and Arthur Bond are seen in Camden, Maine, on June 4, 2024.  AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty
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