BAR HARBOR — Witham Family Properties and Frenchman’s Bay Boating Company (FBBC) hope to replace the existing wood pile pier at the Bar Harbor Inn with a galvanized steel pier with treated wood decking, said Bob Collier of FBBC. The existing pier is 188 feet long and 12 feet wide. The planned pier is only 160 feet by 12 feet, but the ramp to the floating docks will be longer. The float system will remain in the same location. The existing steel ramp, 50 feet by 3.5 feet, is set to be replaced with a new, ADA-compliant 80-foot-by-3.5-foot aluminum ramp. The new pier will have eight ten-inch pipe columns instead of the existing 27 pinned wood piles.
Collier said he has approached the hotel’s management with proposals several times and is pleased that they’ve decided to go ahead with the project. The existing pier is at least 40 years old and was wired for power and water in the 1980s.
The pier will be bolted to the rock ledge along the Shore Path. “We’ll have to level the ledge out to get places where we can drill and epoxy in the anchor bolts,” Collier said. “It’s all been engineered to withstand the elements.”
Captain Stephen Pagels owns Downeast Windjammer Cruises, which uses the pier for passenger trips on the four-masted schooner Margaret Todd, the Winter Harbor ferry and other boats. “The new steel pier will certainly help facilitate our operations,” he said. “The Bar Harbor Inn has also made some nice improvements to the shore path section that is on their property. The new steel pier and the improved section of shore path will offer guests of the Inn, as well as residents and visitors alike, an even more enhanced way to enjoy Bar Harbor’s famed waterfront and panoramic views.” The shore end of the pier will be flared out to allow boat passengers to better merge with shore path walkers, Collier said.
A notice of intent to file says the groups planned to file a Natural Resources Protection Act permit application with the state Department of Environmental protection last week.