":I’ve lived here since 1953 and I have no desire to move. I really don’t. It just hits so hard.":
77-YEAR-OLD VERA DYER ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE’D SPEND THE REST OF HER LIFE IN THIS HOUSE…
SHE AND HER LATE HUSBAND RAISED THEIR CHILDREN HERE…BUT NOW, SHE FEARS SHE MAY LOSE IT…
":We’ve heard the state intends to take this property, my mom’s property, our family homestead…they’ve actually begun the survey work.":
":From our information, they have in their sights bringing Route 174 down underneath the new bridge right through this property.":
IF THE STATE DID TAKE THE DYER HOME, IT WOULD BE THE SECOND BLOW FOR THE FAMILY…
THE D-O-T TOOK THEIR RESTAURANT, THE ":SAIL INN":, BY EMINENT DOMAIN IN 2003…TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW PENOBSCOT NARROWS BRIDGE…
THE DYERS WERE COMPENSATED 225-THOUSAND DOLLARS…THEY’RE NOW IN A COURT BATTLE TO CHALLENGE THAT AMOUNT…
":We believe folks will see this for what it is: retaliation for the fact that we dared challenge the DOT for the original taking and now they want to take all of it out on our mother. We’re not going to take it anymore.":
":Every tree, everything has a significance. How can you replace that":
":There’s no humanity in the law. Eminent domain is heartless. It doesn’t begin to take into consideration any of these human elements.":
THE DYERS ARE CALLING ON LOCAL LEGISLATORS TO GO TO BAT FOR THEM…TO URGE THE STATE TO LEAVE THE DYER HOMESTEAD ALONE.
THE FAMILY IS ALSO WARNING OTHERS THAT THEY COULD BE NEXT.
":Wake up people, because you could be the next one. I don’t care where you live, you could be the next one and you have no real recourse because you don’t have the money to fight them.":
":they may end up taking our house, but what they can’t take is our family.":
FOR THEIR PART, D-O-T ENGINEERS SAY THEY’VE TOLD VERA DYER THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST IN ACQUIRING *ANY* OF HER PROPERTY OR HER HOME…..
D-O-T SPOKESMAN MARK LATTI SAYS CREWS WERE OUT LAST MONTH SURVEYING ON STATE PROPERTY FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF INSTALLING A RAMP UNDER THE BRIDGE TO CONNECT ROUTE 1 TO ROUTE 174… HE SAYS A D-O-T ENGINEER PHONED VERA DYER TO TELL HER THERE ARE NO PLANS TO TAKE HER LAND…..
LATTI SAYS THIS IS A BLATANT LIE BY DICK DYER TO TRY AND DRUM UP PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR HIS FAMILY IN ADVANCE OF THEIR COURT DATE NEXT MONTH…..
DICK DYER SAYS HE DOESN’T BUY THAT… HE SAYS THE D-O-T ALSO CLAIMED THEY WEREN’T INTERESTED IN TAKING THE SAIL INN… AND THAT WAS TAKEN BY EMINENT DOMAIN IN 2003…..