Cruise Ship Committee

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  • Martha Searchfield, 664-9993 - Chair
    Chamber of Commerce representative
    Term expires 2024
  • Eben Salvatore, 244-3250 H, 288-9875 W
    Cruise Ship Tender Ops representative
    Term expires 2024
  • Matt Hochman
    Town Council representative
    Term expires 2023
  • Vacant
    Scientific Industry representative
    Term expires 2025
  • Sandy McFarland, 288-5760 H
    Resident at Large
    Term expires 2025
  • Deputy Clerk, 288-4098 W

  • Jeremy Dougherty, 288-8279 W
    Downtown Business representative
    Term expires 2023
  • Jennifer Cough, 288-5885 W
    Downtown Business Representative
    Term expires 2024
  • Ken Smith, 288-4034 H
    Resident at Large
    Term expires 2024
  • Jim Willis, 288-3391 W
    Police Chief Representative
  • Lawrence Sweet, 288-9899 W, Vice Chair
    Taxi and Tours representative
    Term expires 2023
  • Greg Gordon, 266-0322 W
    Shore Excursion representative
    Term expires 2023
  • John Kelly, 288-8703 W
    Acadia National Park representative
    Term expires 2023
  • Chris Wharff, 288-5571 W
    Harbor Master representative
  • Sarah Flink, 619-300-1975
    CruiseMaine representative
    Term expires 2025
  • Skip (Prentice) Strong 244-5879 H, 548-1077 W
    Maritime Industry representative
    Term expires 2025
  • Amy Powers, 310-0998 W
    Representative with knowledge of cruise ship industry in the State of Maine
    Term expires 2023

Additional Information

History of Cruise Ship Fee uses

Cruise Ship Task Force

The goal of the Cruise Ship Study Task Force was to prioritize and make recommendations to the Bar Harbor Town Council.

The Task Force met with the Town Council every 8 weeks to submit a verbal and written progress report. A final written report was submitted, read the report online.


Cruise Ship Management Study

The Cruise Ship Study Task Force was working to implement the destination management plan. One of the implementation recommendations is to continue water quality monitoring in the harbor when cruise ships are anchored or in transit. More insight can be gained by reading the initial proposal and cruise ship reports. These documents are part of a previous monitoring and study effort from the former MDI Water Quality Coalition.