A Little History…
Friends of Frenchman Bay, a Community Association, was formed in response to the threat we felt from the Goliath interests who have set their sights on Frenchman Bay. In the early winter of 2017 small groups of people began to meet in homes around the Bay. The groups grew and merged, wanting to give a voice to all those whose lives will be affected by large scale cruise ship development. FFB has grown to be the most vocal opponent of a proposed cruise ship pier.
Cruise ship visits to the Bay have increased dramatically over the the last 10 years. http://barharbormaine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/922 The ships anchor in the Bay and passengers have been brought in to Bar Harbor by small boats (tenders). Now plans are moving quickly ahead to build a 1/4 to 1/2 mile pier at the old Bluenose Ferry Terminal site, which will berth two 1000 plus foot cruise ships at a time. FFB wants to explore all options for common sense development of this property.
FFB opposes State legislation which would establish a Port Authority for Bar Harbor (LD #1400), the vehicle by which bonds could be raised towards financing this $30,000,000 to $40,000,000 project.
No environmental assessments have yet been undertaken and the project is moving ahead at rate of speed we did not anticipate even 6 months ago.
One of the concerned residents of Frenchman Bay