Town creates events panel

MOUNT DESERT — Staging special events to attract people to Northeast Harbor will be the job of a committee created by a vote of the board of selectmen Monday night.

The board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of Jackie Hewitt, the town’s economic development consultant, to establish the new panel and allocate up to $5,000 to cover its expenses for the rest of this fiscal year. The money will come from the board’s contingency fund.

She said one activity that the new committee would coordinate is the showing of movies on the village green at the Northeast Harbor Marina during the summer.

She said there are two people who “appear to be” planning to donate the $15,000 to $16,000 needed to buy the outdoor projection equipment.

Ms. Hewitt announced Monday night that the Summer Residents Association has offered to donate $25,000 for signs and information kiosks designed to draw people to the businesses in downtown Northeast Harbor. She is trying to raise the rest of the estimated $40,000 to $45,000 cost of the signs from local businesses.

Some of the proposed signage would require amendments to a section of the town’s land use zoning ordinance. Ms. Hewitt has drafted the amendments, which will be the subject of a planning board hearing Dec. 11.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]