Residents concerned over the growth of cruise tourism in Maine have allowed their town to purchase a vacant ferry terminal

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BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Residents concerned over the growth of cruise tourism in Maine have allowed their town to purchase a vacant ferry terminal.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Bar Harbor residents voted 1,380 to 213 to approve the town’s $3.5 million purchase of the 4.5 acre property from the State Department of Transportation.

The Tuesday vote follows concerns that the vacant terminal could be developed into a large cruise ship pier long requested by major cruise lines.

A plan by town officials to do just that met public resistance.

A citizens’ committee instead recommended adding a marina and a landing for cruise ship tenders to reduce passenger congestion on the downtown waterfront.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com