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

The council just lately despatched pointers for potential caps on the variety of days per thirty days that the city would settle for cruise ship and each day passenger limits to the committee for assessment. Eben Salvatore, the chairman of the committee, took these caps and utilized them to the 2022 schedule and estimated it could lower about 237,000 of the 272,900 passengers anticipated to come back subsequent 12 months.

“These numbers are a bit of devastating,” stated Amy Powers, a cruise ship advisor and member of the committee, 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 resolution to the issue to advocate to the council,” stated 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 p.c drop could not play out, as some ships might 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 might anchor on the town. Every of the caps are tailor-made to particular months from Might to October.

Some members frightened 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 site visitors.

“We’ve got no authorized authority to cease them coming in over land,” stated Matthew Hochman, a member of the committee and council.

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

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