PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has cited the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for multiple violations.

The violations including improperly displacing soil and filling natural wetlands were discovered during inspection of a $30 million expansion. Over time, the gardens plan to build a new visitors center and a 22,000-square-foot conservatory.

William Cullina, the gardens’ executive director, told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2sW7oyU ) that the violations were considered “minor.”

But some property owners who border the botanical gardens and others have criticized the plan as overly ambitious. Critic Kevin Anthony hopes the DEP violations spur more people in the community to pay closer attention to the project.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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