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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 16, 2015
Contact: Mark Berry, President and CEO, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
mberry@SchoodicInstitute.org (207) 288-1349
Schoodic Institute Leasing Winter Harbor Marina to Create Schoodic Marine Center
WINTER HARBOR – Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park announced today that it is leasing the current Winter Harbor marina to create the “Schoodic Marine Center”. Schoodic Institute has executed a 20-year lease of the property, with options to renew for an additional 20 years. The lease is dependent upon successful completion of due diligence by the Institute, including environmental and structural engineering assessments.
Alan Goldstein, Chairman of Schoodic Institute, said, “We have created a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Schoodic Marine Center, LLC, to improve and operate the facility.”
“The Schoodic Marine Center will support the science and education goals of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, by providing long-term access to and from the ocean and the opportunity to fully develop Schoodic Institute’s marine research & education program,” said Mark Berry, President and CEO of Schoodic Institute.
Sheridan Steele, who recently retired after 12 years as Superintendent of Acadia National Park, will volunteer as Interim Executive Director of the Schoodic Marine Center. “We have worked closely with Sheridan for years and are extremely pleased that he will be contributing his leadership to the Schoodic Marine Center,” noted Goldstein.
“This is an exciting opportunity to continue working on important projects related to the Schoodic Peninsula and Winter Harbor,” said Steele. “My goal is to work with many other potential partners to develop the Marine Center concept in ways that will benefit the local community and the Schoodic Institute.”
The property is a transportation hub for the Schoodic Peninsula, including for passenger ferry service across Frenchman Bay to and from Bar Harbor, a connection that is important for visitors to Acadia National Park and local residents. It also provides a connection to the Island Explorer bus system and typical marina functions for private boaters. Schoodic Institute plans to invest in site and infrastructure investments at the prominently visible Winter Harbor property, to provide an attractive experience for arriving and departing travelers. “We see opportunities to partner with local businesses to provide additional services,” said Berry.