Ferry terminal bond proposed

BAR HARBOR — A $3 million bond issue to fund the state’s purchase of the now-defunct international ferry terminal property is proposed in the Maine legislature.

The proposed bond enjoys bi-partisan support. It was presented by Maine Senator Brian Langley, R-Hancock County, and co-sponsored by Maine Representative Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, among others. It would bolster attempts to negotiate with Marine Atlantic, a Canadian Crown Corporation, for purchase of the Eden Street property for use as a cruise ship pier, Langley said.

Last year Bar Harbor had more than 130 cruise ship visits.

The $3 million would help fund the purchase by the Maine Port Authority. The authority became interested in the property in 2012, after a maritime consulting agency identified sound economic and social benefits to converting it into a cruise ship terminal.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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