This comes after townspeople voted last June to purchase the vacant ferry terminal for use as a cruise ship terminal.
It's located on route 3 or Eden Street. The plans call for the former international terminal to be rebuilt to accommodate cruise ships, which bring nearly 140 thousand visitors to bar harbor every year. A port authority would provide a
management structure for the terminal.
"So they would have some autonomy. They would be able to set rates for cruise ships. And would be made up of people from Bar Harbor," said Senator Brian Langley, (R) - Elllsworth.
There's no question, a segment of Bar Harbor's population opposes the effort, but that group's attempt to stop the terminal purchase was rejected at the polls.
"If the town wants a port authority as a way to manage that property, i really don't see anything wrong with it," said Representative Walter Kumiega, (D) - Deer Isle.
The bill that would create the Bar Harbor Port Authority was carried over from the last session of the 128th legislature.
Langley said, "All this legislation does is say, 'if you do a port authority this way, it's a legal entity in the state of Maine."
Although, this legislation was introduced by Langley, he did so at the request of Bar Harbor officials.
Kumiega said, "It's an opportunity to bring in more professional or knowledgeable people specifically for that purpose."
Ultimately, it will be up to the bar harbor town council to decide whether a port authority makes sense to oversee the ferry terminal when renovations are complete.