To the Editor:
With many people concerned about the future of Bar Harbor and its intersection with the cruise ship industry, the citizen initiative has generated lively discussion concerning Bar Harbor’s best interests and the importance of citizens’ direct involvement in making the decisions on numbers of cruise ships and caps.
With such interest sparked, we are fortunate to welcome an internationally acclaimed individual coming to Bar Harbor to share his knowledge of maritime fisheries, cruise ship tourism and the importance of maintaining a balance so that our town and our neighbors can avoid pitfalls in working with the cruise ship industry.
Professor Ross Klein is dean of the School of Social Work, associate dean of Graduate Programs and Research, former professor of the University’s Tourism Program and associate in the Marine Studies Research Unit at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Saint John’s. His most recent research grant involves collaborative applied research in studying the economic impact of cruise tourism in Atlantic Canada.
Klein will hold an informal conversation with citizens at the auditorium in the Municipal Building on Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. He also will speak at Gates Auditorium at College of the Atlantic on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m., an event that is also free and open to the public.
We appreciate many aspects of the cruise ship industry in our town and want to ensure that the scale of it is proportional to the size of our town and our need to promote the continuance of a year-round community.
Anne Marie V. Quin