Owner of Belgrade boat business says he can ‘finally run’ after years of controversy

BELGRADE — A plump red chicken waddled its way under the frame of a 24-foot boat without a care in the world.

Eight chickens, seven rescued greyhounds, employees, property owner Shawn Grant and his family reside amongst the innumerable boats Brightside Marine’s 12-acre property a stone’s throw from downtown Belgrade Village.

Shawn Grant on the docks July 16, 2018, at Brightside Marina, the business he owns in Belgrade Lakes Village. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal file

The world is ready to move on from the coronavirus pandemic. Grant too is ready for change, but for a very different reason.

Embroiled in controversy over the use of his docks and property with the town for the last few years, the 59-year-old Grant is now focused on expanding his Brightside Marine boat rental and restoration business on Hulin Road.

“I can finally run my business,” Grant said last week from behind his desk at the Marina. “I can finally do what I know how to…

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