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Web exclusive, October 31, 2013
Sue Walsh’s letter of resignation

To: Castine CED

From: Sue Walsh, Economic Development Consultant

Date: October 29, 2013

I am writing to inform you that effective November 15, 2013 I will no longer be available to the Town of Castine.

It is increasingly clear to me that it is unlikely that I will ever get anything of substance accomplished in Castine under the current circumstances. I have encountered some of the most gracious, generous and positive people in my time here. However, I have also encountered some of the most vicious and negative. Until the voices of the positive are louder than those of the negative there is little hope that the community will ever move forward and make progress toward the vision and goals laid out in the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. It is essential to develop a core group of residents who are willing to make the tough choices and do the hard work if you are to succeed. In my opinion, you have yet to form that leadership team.

I cannot continue in good conscience to take taxpayers’ money to do a job I am not fully allowed to do. Castine does not need an economic development consultant when the current community and committee climates not only fail to support development but actively work to prohibit it. Given this, there is sure to be a better place to allocate those funds.

Should the climate and leadership shift in a more positive direction in the future, I would entertain returning to the consultant role if invited. Until such time I wish you luck in your endeavors.