Federal aviation restrictions halt log cabin village in Caribou

CARIBOU, Maine — Developers of Maine’s first log cabin village are looking for a different location after Caribou eliminated the use of airport land.

Caribou City Manager Penny Thompson said the non-aviation nature of the proposal would jeopardize federal funding for the airport.

Aroostook County is hampered by limited lodging options during large-scale events. Developers Troy Haney and Jim Gammage discovered this when this winter they staged the region’s first snowmobile festival, which attracted 8,000 to 10,000 people. Even before the event, Haney and Gammage heard stories of visitors struggling to find available rooms. Given the county’s reputation as a major snowmobile and ATV hub, businessmen saw the log cabin village as one step toward a solution.

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