BAR HARBOR – Tuesday, Voters in Bar Harbor rejected a citizens’ initiative that would have changed the definition of “vacation rentals” in the land use ordinance.
According to results provided by the town clerk, 1,176 people voted ‘no’ on the initiative, while 616 voted ‘yes.’
Recommendations on the ballot showed the five-member planning board recommended a rejection by a vote of 3 to 2.
In addition, the 22-member warrant committee recommended rejecting the initiative by a vote of 10 to 5, with 2 abstentions, as noted on the ballot.
Also Tuesday, a majority of voters said yes to a straw poll, asking residents if they were “in favor of the school board continuing planning efforts for a combined, district-wide middle school.” According to results from the town, 1,237 people voted ‘yes’ and 598 people voted ‘no.’