BAR HARBOR — The Maine Legislature has sustained Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to create a port authority in Bar Harbor.

Opponents of the bill feared the possibility of a large cruise ship pier coming to the area. LePage vetoed the bill earlier this month, and lawmakers sustained that veto on Tuesday.

LePage called the proposal a needless creation of bureaucracy. Officials in Bar Harbor have argued that creating a port authority could help prevent congestion and debt.

Friends of Frenchmen Bay, a local group that opposed creation of the authority, cheered the decision. Spokeswoman Pamela McCullough said the proposal “would have benefited only the out-of-state cruise ship industry.”


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