Grave Situation at Funtown USA
Bob Phillips comes from his home in Pembroke, N. H., to Maine a few times each year to visit his family's burial ground off Route 1 in Saco. The little cemetery is now completely surrounded by Funtown Splashtown USA. Phillips alleges that park owner Ken Cormier has been bending the law to expand into the graveyard.
"He's been excavating within inches of it," Phillips said of Cormier's expansion project, which will add two seven-story water slides to the park. The cemetery lot, which is 25 feet square, contains the graves of Phillips' grandparents and 15 other relatives, including three World War II veterans.
Cormier contends state law allows the 25-foot construction buffer to be measured from the nearest headstone rather than from the edge of the cemetery property. Phillips disagrees, as do several state officials. But an apparent legislative oversight has made it virtually impossible for Phillips to protect the 150-year-old burial ground.
"I can't get the city to enforce it. I can't get the state to enforce it," he said. "All I can do is stand on the sidelines." [Link]