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Bar Harbor Ban On Cruise Ships - status?


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Does anyone know the status of the 7-7-23 trial to ban large cruise ships from Bar Harbor?

The legal challenge of a town ordinance limiting the number of cruise ship passengers allowed in Bar Harbor will begin next week. 

After months of preparations, trial proceedings begin Tuesday for a lawsuit pitting Bar Harbor businesses against the town. The businesses sued the town over an ordinance that limits the number of visitors who arrive by cruise ship to 1,000 a day.


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I think the matter is still subject to change - but ultimately I think there will be some strict limits imposed.  The fact is that cruise passengers only offer value to a small portion of the people in an area - those offering tours and cheap fast food. A possibly substantially larger number (who contribute more, and long term to the community) are opposed to having things taken over by thousands of day-trippers.  A number of communities around  the world already do limit the numbers - and that trend is likely to grow —— especially as the numbers of day-trippers descending on small communities grows with the introduction of ever larger ships.

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