BANGOR — A Maine newspaper and state official are apologizing for a spoof draft of a public meeting notice that pokes fun at residents of a coastal island.

The Bangor Daily News says the notice from the Department of Transportation it published on Wednesday should never have been seen by the public. The notice advertising a meeting in the town of Islesboro to discuss a bridge replacement said in part, “We really don’t care about the bridge. We are just curious about these island folk. Anyone who happens by is invited to disrupt the meeting.”

The newspaper apologized for the error.

Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt sent a letter of apology Wednesday to Islesboro residents, calling the ad “an obvious spoof draft that was somehow emailed and published in the paper.”

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