BAR HARBOR — If carried out, the City Council’s preliminary stab at new cruise ship restrictions would lead to an 87 % minimize within the 2022 schedule, in response to the chairman of the Cruise Ship Committee.

The council just lately despatched tips for potential caps on the variety of days per thirty days that the city would settle for cruise ships, in addition to every day passenger limits, to the committee for overview. Eben Salvatore, chairman of the committee, took these caps and utilized them to the 2022 schedule and estimated they’d minimize about 237,000 of the 272,900 passengers anticipated to return subsequent 12 months.

“These numbers are a bit devastating,” Amy Powers, a cruise ship guide and member of the committee, mentioned at a gathering final week.

Not one of the members of the committee felt that such a big discount was a good suggestion.

“All of us agree that we’re going to provide you with an alternate answer to the issue to advocate to the council,” mentioned Salvatore, who’s the director of operations for the corporate that runs tendering providers for cruise ships.

John Kelly, the Acadia Nationwide Park member of the committee, felt that the 87 % drop could not play out, as some ships may transfer issues round to suit inside the caps.

The cap system that the council got here up with has limits on the variety of passengers per day and the variety of days ships may anchor on the town. Every of the caps is tailor-made to particular months from Might to October.

Some members fearful that if Bar Harbor restricts issues too tightly, cruise ships would dock elsewhere after which bus their passengers to Bar Harbor and Acadia, creating extra car visitors.

“We now have no authorized authority to cease them coming in over land,” mentioned Matthew Hochman, a member of the committee and council.

The Cruise Ship Committee plans to satisfy once more subsequent month and dive extra absolutely into the numbers to provide you with a advice for the council.

A survey discovered that 55 % of Bar Harbor residents view cruise ships as having a unfavorable total influence, The Related Press reported this summer season. About the identical proportion additionally mentioned they detract from the group’s picture.

Earlier than the pandemic, Bar Harbor had roughly 170 cruise ship visits in 2019, with 270,000 cruise ship passengers funneled via the downtown waterfront, in response to the AP. That’s an 800 % enhance from 1990.

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