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    Bar Harbor weighs new pier, larger cruise ships - Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette | of | Share this photo

    Hikers take in the views of Bar Harbor from atop Cadillac Mountain. Residents face a controversial June 13 vote over turning an unused ferry terminal into a berth for large cruise ships.

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    Pedestrian cross Main Street in Bar Harbor, which is usually packed with tourists during the summer months. The town near Acadia National Park would likely see even more tourists if a ballot question to reconstruct a cruise ship pier passes.

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    Dennis Bracale and Barbara Fenderson, photographed at the site of the unused ferry terminal, would like local voters to have more input on the project.

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    John Bench, a manager at Cool as a Moose in Bar Harbor, hangs shirts in his store. Local merchants depend on sales of merchandise to tourists.

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    This unused ferry terminal could potentially be converted to a large berth for larger cruise ships.

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    Neve Douglas manages Geddy's in Bar Harbor. A 200-page study said the town could see cruise ship traffic drop without a new pier.

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    Bar Harbor is relatively quiet in the offseason but could see the number of cruise ship passengers it hosts double if a new pier is constructed.

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