Portland, Maine Love Locks fence to be removed, portion to go on display

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PORTLAND, Maine  — A landmark in Maine where thousands of people have pledged their everlasting love to another with padlocks has been deemed a public safety risk and will be removed.

The Portland Press Herald reports the city’s 30-foot-long Love Locks fence will be removed in the next two weeks but a portion will be displayed in a nearby parking lot.

People attach padlocks to the fence, viewed as a symbol of love like one removed in Paris. The city-owned fence is near Portland Harbor and has been sagging under the weight of hundreds of locks.

City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says a portion of the chain link fence came loose from its frame about two weeks ago.

The replacement fence won’t allow locks to be attached to it.