Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Permanent Home for our Chamber

The question of a permanent home for the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce has been a topic of conversation off and on over the last few years.  In 2010 the Chamber Board sent a letter to the Southwest Harbor Board of Selectmen, excerpted here: 

We would like to make a proposal to you.  It is clear that the town is in need of year round public restrooms.  I have information from Robin Bennett that the town has set aside approximately $10,000 towards this capital project.  We would like to form a Capital Campaign Committee to raise enough money to be combined with the funds that have already been set aside to build a small visitor’s center with year round public restrooms on the site of the existing temporary restrooms.  We would like to propose the following arrangements as a starting place for discussion: the facility would be owned by the town; in exchange for operating the facility and paying for heat and electricity the Chamber of Commerce would be allowed to occupy the space rent free; the Town would contribute the monthly water and sewer for the facility. There are many other fine points that would need to be addressed, but this gives you an idea of what we are proposing.
We would like to know if this is something you would be interested in pursuing.

Recently we have been approached by Southwest Harbor Town Manager, Don Lagrange about actively pursuing this project.  Several Chamber of Commerce members have indicated their interest in making a permanent home for the Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber members, Skip Wilson, Sandy Johnson and Jim King have expressed their support.

If you as a Chamber member support the pursuit of this project we would very much like to hear from you!  We have some members willing to volunteer their time to make this project a reality.  Please share your comments on this blog or reply to  Without your support and interest, the project cannot go forward.