The plans to build the tallest flagpole in the world have been delayed yet again.
After a proposal to build a taller flagpole than the Empire State Building with an observation deck, and a larger flag than a football pitch, Columbia Falls – a tiny town in Maine – has extended its moratorium for six more months. The proposed tourist attraction will also include an auditorium and living history museums, as well as a monument.
Officials from the town claimed that they did not have rules or regulations to govern such a big project.
After Morrill W. proposed a 1,461-foot structure, the town of 485 people began to struggle with zoning laws. Worcester’s family owns a wreath making company and founded Wreaths Across America, an organization that provides holiday wreaths to military cemeteries.
Residents of Columbia Falls voted in March for a moratorium lasting six months to allow local officials to create regulations. The Select Board, which consists of three members, unanimously voted Monday night to extend the moratorium. Jeff Greene, Select Board member, stated that town officials make progress on proposed ordinances in weekly public sessions.
He said that the first 180 days were not enough to polish and finish this.
The Worcester family did not immediately comment on the six-month extension.
The flagpole proposal is intended to create jobs, unite people by their love for the flag and tell the history of America through the eyes of veterans . The Worcesters’ patriotic project, which involves producing over 1 million balsams wreaths each holiday season for veterans grave makers, was an extension of that enterprise.
It created divisions in the community. Residents said that the proposal was so massive, it would permanently change the rural area known for its rocky coastline, woods and blueberry barrens.