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Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
More than 100 Southwest Harbor residents are opposing the embarkement of the ruse ships which will tear up the fishing industry.
The local residents and fishermen fought back against a proposed visit next month by the 210-passenger ship, the Pearl Mist, arguing that the 310-foot vessel would stop the fishing gears which will cause a hindrance to the economy of the South Harbour.
Maurice Joseph Marshall is serving as a moderator of the special town meeting on the moratorium.
He said most of the Southwest Harbor residents appreciate the differences between their community and Bar Harbor, which already has a busy cruise ship schedule.
According to Joseph Marshall, they are the boat-building and fishing community. It is traditionally a community more similar to Northeast Harbor in that one have summer folk who have been here for generations., sometimes three or four generations, so this side of the island, like Tremont, is not as commercially oriented.
After the meeting at harbor master Adam Thurston it is said that the working fishermen could have paid a big price had residents voted the ban down.