Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:21

Bar Harbor Port Authority proposed Featured

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AUGUSTA - Legislators are being asked to create a Bar Harbor Port Authority.

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.

 

TJ Tremble

Reporter
tjtremble@wvii.com

T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.