Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says he is confident of a positive outcome for future of Drummore Harbour following a meeting he brokered with Scottish Government officials.
Mr Carson had raised the case with the SNP Government's Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP, raising concerns over the delays in the Kirkmaiden Community Harbour Trust taking over the running of the harbour.
He described the meeting on Thursday June 7 as very positive, with officials keen to support the community group in finding a solution as quickly as possible.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: "This was a positive meeting and while there are still hurdles to overcome for the Kirkmaiden Community Harbour Trust, I believe they are in a much stronger position in realising their dream of owning the harbour.
"The delays they have had to endure throughout their community right to buy process have been enough to put any community off. I have been keen to help find a solution, and that looks like what we now have.
"I feel the group are now closer than they have ever been with their plans for Drummore Harbour, though we cannot be complacent.
"I will be continuing to liaise closely with the trust and Government officials to ensure that a positive agreement is reached once and for all."
A spokesperson for the Trust added: "Representatives from the Kirkmaiden Community Harbour Trust were pleased to have an opportunity to attend a meeting with Finlay Carson and an official from the Scottish Government, in order to broker a way forward for Drummore Harbour.
"Work remains to be done, but overall the meeting was positive in detailing solutions to the delays the trust have been facing for far too long.
"We hope that a solution can be found as quickly as possible following this meeting."