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December 28, 2018

Legal challenge to Bar Harbor ferry zoning shot down

Photo / Peter Van Allen
Photo / Peter Van Allen
A Maine Superior Court judge has rejected a challenge to a Bar Harbor zoning amendment that allows redevelopment of the Eden Street ferry terminal.

A Maine Superior Court judge has rejected a challenge to a Bar Harbor zoning amendment that allows redevelopment of the Eden Street ferry terminal.

The Mount Desert Islander reported that a Dec. 18 decision by Justice Michaela Murphy for the Business and Consumer Court in Cumberland County rejected a lawsuit by Bar Harbor, Hancock and Sorrento shorefront property owners challenging the creation of a Shoreland Maritime Activities District. The suit said the change would adversely affect property values.

According to town documents, the district seeks to support maritime activities related to the reuse of the ferry terminal for both cruise ship and ferry activities.

Plans are in the works to bring back Bay Ferries Ltd. ferry service from Bar Harbor to Canada at the terminal. That plan was delayed somewhat, earlier this month, when the LePage administration declined to sign a deed conveyance on the former CAT ferry terminal site on Eden Street to the town of Bar Harbor, until new language is added. The delay postponed the closing date from Nov. 30. to Jan. 31, 2019 or before.

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