Council Keeps Ferry Option Open



BAR HARBOR — The town is taking action to ensure that the international ferry terminal here remains a functioning port, even while ferry service to Canada remains sidelined indefinitely. Following a closed-door session on Tuesday, councilors voted to make Paul Paradis their point person in an effort to transfer ownership of the ferry terminal to “any combination of U.S. and/or Canadian governmental entities,” according to the motion passed by councilors. The move could “ensure that any potential ferry service has a place to land in Bar Harbor,” the motion stated.

The council’s action comes largely in response to an announcement this winter from ferry terminal owner Marine Atlantic that the company is evaluating its options and might recommend to the Canadian government that the property be sold. The terminal has been idle since The CAT ferry ceased service in 2009. This winter, CAT owner Bay Ferries notified Marine Atlantic that the firm would no longer be leasing the property.

Mr. Paradis said Wednesday that he has been talking informally about the terminal with state and federal representatives “ever since The CAT left.” Recently, he has met informally with representatives from the Maine Port Authority, Maine’s Congressional delegation and the Canadian consul general to New England.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]