BAR HARBOR — The pier at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel will be lengthened and the walking surface widened under a proposal approved by the town council earlier this month.
The renovated structure will allow officials at the Eden Street hotel to expand their offering of ocean sails, cruises and nature tours, said general manager Joy O’Shaughnessy. It also will allow handicapped access to the pier for the first time.
“This is all about enhancing the guest experience,” Ms. O’Shaughnessy said. “You’ll be able to walk right out of your room and down to the pier and take a cruise.”
The hotel currently offers two small, six-passenger ocean excursions. One is on a sailboat, the other is a guided nature cruise. Officials are exploring options with tour vendors to bring in more and larger boats, Ms. O’Shaughnessy said.
Town councilors on Oct. 18 found unanimously that the project would not be an obstruction to navigation, that the project would not injure the rights of others, and that it will not adversely affect the interests of the town of Bar Harbor. Earlier in the month, the town’s harbor committee made the same findings and unanimously agreed to recommend approval of the project.
The pier project must gain the approval of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and receive a Natural Resources Protection Act permit before moving forward.
The project has received the go-ahead from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Penobscot Indian Nation, the Maine Department of Conservation, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.