BAR HARBOR — Consideration of the town’s options concerning the fate of the international ferry terminal here was the subject of an hour-and-a-half closed-door town council session Tuesday.
The only item on the hastily called meeting’s agenda was listed as “ferry terminal.” In explanation, it quoted the Maine executive session statutes that allow for secret deliberations stating “for consideration of the acquisition or disposal of real property or rights therein, since premature disclosure of this information would prejudice the competitive or bargaining position of the town.”
The present owners of the terminal, which was built in 1956 to facilitate service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is Marine Atlantic. Bay Ferries, the company that operated The CAT, ferry, ceased service in 2009 after government subsidies were discontinued; last fall it notified Marine Atlantic it no longer needed to use the facility. Marine Atlantic is now conducting a study to see what to do with the property. Options include selling it outright.
Marine Atlantic spokesperson Tara Laing said on Tuesday that it will be several months before the study is ready to be released.
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