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Petition to Sen. Thibodeau and Rep. Gideon Maine State Legislature

Save Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine from a Mega Cruise Ship Pier!

[ETA 3: There is more happening in this multi-faceted campaign to save Frenchman Bay than can be explained here fully. We are making great progress on several different fronts--political, legal and public awareness. The best way to keep up is to follow us at www.FriendsOfFrenchmanBay.org Please bookmark us and check in often for the most complete explanation of the current state of affairs. Some very good news!] [ETA 2: Please read our latest update "Some sad news." We will continue to make our voices heard.] [ETA: please read update entitled "Really Great News" before you sign. The Committee voted to continue the discussion on LD#1400 till January. We have time to breathe, but the fight and this petition are no less important.] The cruise ship lines have Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine in their sights for further development. They would like Bar Harbor, which is the closest town to the Park, to build a pier capable of docking two 1000' long, 200' tall cruise ships at a time. And NO environmental impact study has been done at this time.  As it is now, without a pier, 171 cruise ship visits are scheduled for 2017. 226,000 visitors. That's plenty. We are against LD 1400 in the Maine State Legislature.  It calls for the emergency establishment of a Bar Harbor Port Authority.  A port authority will enable millions of dollars in bonds to be raised in order to finance this $30-40,000,000 project.  In our opinion, development of the pier will demand more and more cruise ships to come into Frenchman Bay, to pay for this infrastructure and as a ROI. The largest cruise ships can carry up to 6,000 tourists and crews of 2000 each. The proposed pier would allow up to two mega cruise ships to dock at Bar Harbor each day, so together they could allow up to 10,000 day tripping tourists per day to land at Bar Harbor. This is in addition to existing cruise ships that already anchor in the Bay--taller than the Porcupine Islands in the Bay, that you see pictures of above. We petitioners hereby express our strongest possible opposition to a Port Authority which--in our opinion--will lead to the development of this up to 1/2 mile long mega pier in Bar Harbor.  And once again, NO environmental impact study is being done at this time. We support ecological sanity for Frenchman Bay and surrounding areas. We believe that more cruise ships would be bad for Bar Harbor businesses, bad for the physical health of Bar Harbor residents, and a national travesty for Acadia National Park, the only National Park in the entire New England region. BAD FOR BAR HARBOR BUSINESSES Large numbers of mega cruise ship day-tripping tourists flooding into Bar Harbor, MDI and Acadia National Park would cause significant disruption: traffic, noise, congestion, lines. These nuisances would result in a worse quality of tourism for the thousands of overnight tourists.  In our opinion, If mega cruise ship day tripping tourists overwhelm Bar Harbor and Acadia, overnight tourists will go elsewhere. Overnight tourists spend locally 10 times more per day than cruise ship tourists, so such cruise ships jeopardize the very lifeblood of Bar Harbor and greater Frenchman Bay: tourism. BAD FOR OUR HEALTH Mega cruise ships are like floating cities. They are significant sources of pollution, especially air pollution from the 24-hour running of electricity generators. Summer time prevailing winds would blow this pollution directly into Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. In addition, more mega cruise ships and the building of the pier would create other pollution, including noise, silt disruption from dredging, and inevitable effluent discharges. The pier will be extraordinarily brightly lit 24/7 for security purposes. In our opinion, the cruise ship industry is not necessarily well known for its ecological stewardship. Our area is well known and treasured for its Dark Skies, itself a compelling reason for many to come to the beauty that is Frenchman Bay and DownEast Maine. A NATIONAL TRAVESTY For more than 10,000 years, humans have visited the coastal edge of Frenchman Bay to gaze with awe at the beautiful island and its mountains. The United States recognized this treasure by creating Acadia National Park, the only National Park in New England. The majesty of a National Park is completely incompatible with even more mega cruise ships, a brightly lit mega pier and thousands of point-specific day tripping tourists. Would anyone favor up to 50 Boeing 757 flights per day to the rim of the Grand Canyon or El Capitan in Yosemite? That is the equivalent of two mega cruise ships docking at Bar Harbor, literally across the road from Acadia National Park. This petition asks the Maine State Legislature to reject LD 1400, whose sole purpose is to create an Emergency Port Authority so that the mega pier can be built for the cruise ship industry. And once again--NO environmental impact study has been done in advance. Thank you for your support in signing our letter. We know so many of you treasure your moments at Acadia National Park and DownEast Maine.

Sarah Steinhardt
1,194 supporters