About Long Island

Long Island, located in Casco Bay, is one of Maine’s 15 islands with year round communities.  Located 6 miles off the coast of Portland, the only access to the island is by ferry ride (45 minutes), water taxi or private boat.  The island is 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, and has a winter population of 200, swelling to over 1000 in the summer. Many residents, summer and winter, work in the lobster industry.

 

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In the early 1990’s, when the City of Portland reassessed all of its property and the tax rate tripled on Long Island, islanders decided that local control was the only way to preserve our year round community.   On July 1, 1993 the Town of Long Island became the first new town in Maine since 1925. Years later we have created a vibrant community where citizens take a strong and active role in improving the quality of life for all.  Municipal services have improved, our school system is excellent, and our taxes have gone down by 30%.

Long Island has beautiful beaches, picturesque harbors, a fresh water marsh, and 125 acre conservation area complete with beavers, a cranberry bog, and mixed deciduous and coniferous forests.  The island is home to a K-5 School with  2 teachers and typically a dozen students, a Library and Art Gallery, a state of the art Fire and Rescue department that runs the Town’s emergency rescue boat, and an active Recreation Department.  There is a Post Office, 2 stores, only one of which is open year round, and gift shop that is open only late spring though early fall. 
Nightlife is limited on the island, unless one likes beach parties in the summer, and community dinners with local entertainment in the winter! 

 

 

A small Maine island town