• Cruise ship ban to go to voters

    Cruise ship ban to go to voters

    TREMONT — A proposed zoning ordinance banning cruise ship activity is expected to go before voters at the end of October. A 180-day moratorium on new cruise ship activities was approved by voters last November and expired in February. Selectmen, as is their right from the vote, extended that 180-day moratorium through this season. The

  • Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    Proposal for Nova Scotia ferry return moves forward

    BAR HARBOR — The CEO of the private company proposing to bring back Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry service faced a battery of questions Tuesday evening from town councilors and residents. Some of those questions were about the company’s history in Bar Harbor and current activities in Portland. Others were about ensuring public waterfront access and community input in

  • Tariff rise imperils lobster sales

    Tariff rise imperils lobster sales

    ELLSWORTH — Whatever one thinks of the political scene in Washington, Tuesday’s announcement that the Trump Administration would impose new tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese imports had to come as bad news to Maine’s lobster industry. On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that China’s government said it would respond if those

  • Rally draws hundreds

    Rally draws hundreds

    BAR HARBOR — About 500 people crowded the Village Green on Saturday to show support for immigrant families separated at the southern border of the United States. Attendees carried signs and were offered assistance in contacting their government representatives. The rally was organized by Indivisible MDI, the local branch of a nation-wide organization that resists

  • Main Street work going back to voters

    Main Street work going back to voters

    MOUNT DESERT — A special town meeting will be held, likely in August, for voters to consider major changes to Northeast Harbor’s Main Street redevelopment project, which was approved at the annual town meeting two months ago. The Board of Selectmen made that decision Monday night in response to a petition signed by 176 registered

  • Town could lose parking

    Town could lose parking

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Tensions are again running high regarding the downtown parking lot near the post office here. A year-long lease agreement between the town and lot owner Ken Korona is set to expire June 30. Once it does, there is no plan in place for public use of the Clark Point Road lot. The

  • Longer contracts inked

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR—As a final nod to several town employees, outgoing Town Manager Don Lagrange guaranteed their positions for three years, instead of one. Harbormaster Adam Thurston and Police Chief Alan Brown were among those appointed for longer terms than have been historically granted. Marilyn Lowell’s contract was also approved. She serves as town clerk, assistant

  • Interim assessor appointed

    BAR HARBOR — Deanne Cray, who has served as the deputy assessor in Bar Harbor since March 2016, was appointed interim assessor on Tuesday. Former assessor Justin VanDongen, who worked at the town for more than five years, recently was appointed Town Manager in Southwest Harbor. His last day was June 13. Cray is a

  • Marijuana debates resume

    Marijuana debates resume

    BAR HARBOR — By taking no action to “opt in” under a new state law, the Town Council prohibited marijuana cultivation, retail stores, marijuana product manufacturing operations and testing facilities here on Tuesday. This action followed the general consensus of councilors that the town should wait for a state framework. The plan is to move

  • Friedmann new council chair

    Friedmann new council chair

    BAR HARBOR — Following his re-election to the Town Council last week, Gary Friedmann was elected chair at a special organizational meeting on June 13. Councilor Matt Hochman was elected vice-chair, the position Friedmann held previously. Joe Minutolo is new to the council, having received more votes than Peter St. Germain in last week’s election.