After some discussion, BHCD has decided to host a community forum at which a representative of American Cruise Lines (ACL) would (hopefully) share the company’s plans for visiting Blue Hill over the summer—how they plan to get visitors from the South Blue Hill wharf to downtown shops, what other “shore activities” they envision offering, how they plan to work with local merchants, service providers, etc.
Recognizing that the ACL visits might be controversial among Blue Hill residents, the idea of the meeting is to:
- allow ACL to share its plans,
- provide local merchants with information as to how they might benefit from the additional summer clientele, and
- provide a forum for those who might be opposed to the idea of cruise ship visits to Blue Hill to ask questions about ACL’s specific plans and share their concerns with the company and the community.
As a first step, ACL will be asked to participate and to identify dates for a meeting.