The Maine Supreme Court today heard the case of Robert and Paul Dyer against the Maine Department of Transportation. It’s been nearly five years since MaineDOT took the Sail Inn restaurant and five acres owned by the Dyers by eminent domain.
The state did that to make way for the new Penobscot narrows bridge.
The Dyers claim the state abused its power. Their lawyer today argued that only one of the five acres taken was actually used for the new bridge project.
The new sticking point is over whether the state offered the Dyer brothers an opportunity to keep a portion of the land, or to have it all taken by the state.