Port authority bill goes to governor

AUGUSTA — LD 1400, the bill that would allow Bar Harbor voters to form a port authority by local referendum, passed in the Senate on Feb. 22. The bill, which passed in the House two days earlier, now awaits Gov. Paul LePage’s signature to be signed into law.

The law would go into effect 90 days after LePage signs it. Previously, the bill was tagged as emergency legislation and would have gone into effect immediately after LePage’s signature, but it was amended to remove that distinction.

Opponents view the potential port authority structure “as a process which removes from us, those who live round the bay and share the air and water, any say in large scale commercial development of the bay and the inevitable increased large cruise ship visitation a berthing pier will bring, which will affect us all into the future,” said Renata Moise of Friends of Frenchman Bay said on Wednesday.

Moise said the group has not contacted the governor to encourage a veto of the bill.

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