SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council won’t be pursuing rules to govern boat storage in residential neighborhoods.

The discussion last night was prompted by concerns raised by a resident about the number of boats stored at a neighbor’s home. The City Council was looking at ordinance possibilities that would have addressed setback requirements for boats of at least 24 feet in length and on-site maintenance work. 

Much of the public comment spoke to South Portland’s identity as a working-class coastal community.

Mayor Rosemarie De Angelis said there was no interest among the City Council to pursue the restrictions. She said that the city will track any complaints it receives and gather more information about their nature. She also said although most boaters are responsible, there’s an opportunity for education around environmental hazards associated with boat maintenance work.