BAR HARBOR — A proposed $3-million state bond to fund the Maine Port Authority’s purchase of the former international ferry terminal property was supported by local officials and others during a legislative hearing in Augusta on March 27.
Town Councilor Paul Paradis and Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Director Chris Fogg both spoke before the state legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee in support of the bond issue. Legislation authorizing the bond was presented the same day to the committee by state Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County).
Committee members will next meet in a work session, after which they are to make a recommendation on the issue to the full Legislature.
The ferry terminal property is owned by the Canadian government, and has sat idle since 2009 when The Cat ferry service to Nova Scotia was discontinued. Officials with Canadian governmental organization Transport Canada have said that the terminal will be sold at market rate.