• MDI Lobster plan approved with conditions 

    MDI Lobster plan approved with conditions 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— A plan for serving food and outdoor dining at MDI Lobster, first presented in February, was approved last week by the Planning Board, with a few conditions.   A lawyer for neighbors of the property on Clark Point Road spoke during the public hearing that took place prior to the board’s review of the business’s

  • Marijuana ordinance public hearing set for Sept. 15

    Marijuana ordinance public hearing set for Sept. 15

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— Several proposed ordinance changes are going before voters this November, including one focused on local marijuana regulations.  Two public hearings have been scheduled for the coming week where members of the public can ask questions regarding the proposed changes.   On Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m., a public hearing focused on the proposed marijuana ordinance will take place at

  • New coffee shop fills a need

    New coffee shop fills a need

    BAR HARBOR — Even though he commutes from Brewer every day, David Higgins is a familiar face on West Street. Working as a bartender last year at West Street Café, he said, he’d look out across the street and notice that there are no coffee shops on the block.  “All the customers are coming to

  • Busy August, but still a rough year for tourism

    Busy August, but still a rough year for tourism

    BAR HARBOR — In early June, Town Council Chair Jeff Dobbs and Town Manager Cornell Knight wrote to Governor Janet Mills, urging her to lift restrictions on travelers from out of state.  “We have heard from many businesses that their revenues are down by 90 percent compared to last year and that is backed up

  • Celebrating all things Maine 

    BAR HARBOR — To support local business in the fall months, the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is launching a “Maine Made It” week, Sept. 7-13.  The weeklong celebration of Maine products, activities and food offerings will be promoted around the state of Maine and throughout the region.  Businesses in Bar Harbor and around Mount

  • With ‘all hands on deck,’ businesses ride out busy season

    With ‘all hands on deck,’ businesses ride out busy season

    shortMOUNT DESERT ISLAND—The season started slowly as state regulations to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 kept tourists away. Now that tourists are here, businesses struggle to accommodate as many customers as they can with limited staff.  Many business owners point to the lack of foreign workers as part of the reason they are short staffed this season. Others

  • SRA’s grants ‘put wind in our sails’: $1M raised for businesses

    SRA’s grants ‘put wind in our sails’: $1M raised for businesses

    MOUNT DESERT — Members of the Summer Residents Association (SRA), at their virtual meeting last Friday, celebrated their success in raising funds to help local businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic this summer.  In April, the SRA set a goal of collecting $500,000. When the campaign ended two months later, the organization had raised exactly $1,054,083.70 from 244 donors, including summer residents, year-round residents and

  • Bill seeks to keep to-go cocktails 

    Bill seeks to keep to-go cocktails 

    AUGUSTA –Sen. Louie Luchini, D-Ellsworth, has introduced a bill to support Maine’s small restaurants and bars to the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. The committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill, 9-0. LD 2174, “An Act to Extend the Ability of Restaurants and Bars to Serve Alcohol To Go,” will enable establishments to offer such service through April 2022.  “The hospitality industry

  • Masks offer two-way protection 

    Masks offer two-way protection 

    MOUNT DESERT— As part of an ongoing effort to keep area residents, employees and visitors as safe as possible, Mount Desert Island Hospital, in partnership with the Downeast COVID-19 Task Force, has procured a supply of medical-grade masks for distribution to Mount Desert Island region employers. These masks provide additional protection from the new coronavirus and

  • Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    Maine tourism touts Bar Harbor in marketing campaign  

    AUGUSTA— In July, the Maine Office of Tourism hosted a presentation where it unveiled its recent marketing efforts to promote tourism in Maine. The marketing program includes television, radio, digital, social media and streaming video targeted to residents of Maine and the five states currently allowed to visit Maine without travel restrictions (Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont).  The campaign will now shift gears to promoting Maine as

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