• Port authority bill supported

    Port authority bill supported

    AUGUSTA — A bill allowing a Bar Harbor port authority proposal to be submitted to the voters of the town was approved by a legislative panel Tuesday. In a work session, the Legislature’s Committee on Transportation voted 10-2 to recommend that the bill “ought to pass.” A port authority is a legal entity that could

  • Boathouse approved

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After a dispute stretching several weeks, attorneys representing the owners of a private boat storage facility have come to an agreement with the town on a planned reconstruction of the building. The 7,500-square-foot building at 114 Shore Road is located less than 100 feet from the shoreline. It sits in two different

  • NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    ELLSWORTH – Last year, at least 17 endangered North Atlantic right whales died in Canadian waters and off the coast of New England. Some of those deaths were attributed to the whales’ entanglement with lobster fishing gear. On Thursday, three conservation organizations sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the

  • Bond order questioned

    Bond order questioned

    BAR HARBOR — Councilors put a bond issue to fund the purchase of the ferry terminal property on the warrant for the June town meeting, but two residents expressed concerns about the process. Jake Jagel and Dessa Dancy said putting the order on the town meeting warrant before a public notice or a public hearing

  • Ferry fare increase eyed

    Ferry fare increase eyed

    TREMONT — The price of walking onto the Maine State Ferry Service’s Captain Henry Lee and riding between Bass Harbor and Swans Island or Frenchboro would go up March 28 under a “rate adjustment” proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT), which operates the ferry service. A hearing on the proposal is set for

  • Limited purpose lease program may be revised

    ELLSWORTH — If too many cooks spoil the broth, too many limited purpose aquaculture licenses may be spoiling the waters for Maine’s fish farming industry. The licenses and the sites they cover, both known as “LPAs,” have a one-year term, renewable annually. The area of an LPA site is limited to no more than 400

  • Ocean sensor buoy disabled

    Ocean sensor buoy disabled

    GULF OF MAINE — Lobsterman Mark Fernald of Islesford and Bar Harbor was checking a line of traps about six miles north of Mount Desert Rock last Wednesday, Jan. 10, when he noticed that the Eastern Maine Shelf Buoy, about 500 feet away, didn’t look right. He went closer and saw that the buoy was

  • Floats at upper town dock to be replaced

    Floats at upper town dock to be replaced

      SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Beginning this summer, the upper town dock will have two more finger floats than it has had in the past, and all will be new. Last week, selectmen approved a $43,566.71 bid from Charles Bradley Construction for the construction and installation of 10 new floats, expected to be complete by May

  • Ferry terminal timeline

    Ferry terminal timeline

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council and voters here will have several decisions to make in the coming months about development of the former international ferry terminal on Eden Street. In November, the council accepted an advisory committee report and acted to exercise an option to purchase the property from the Maine Department of Transportation