October 8, 2013

Some pay price for entering closed Acadia

Rangers issue a handful of citations over the weekend for alleged trespassing. The government shutdown closed the national park Oct. 1.

By Tom Bell tbell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Two people bike around a gate at Acadia National Park last Thursday. Park rangers have begun ticketing people who enter the park, closed because of the government shutdown.

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Titus Steinberg, 5, of Herne, Germany, hops over a gate at Acadia National Park’s Echo Lake in Southwest Harbor last Wednesday along with his parents, Oliver, at left, and Ramona. The family was one of a handful of visitors who wouldn’t let the government shutdown stop them from entering it.

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The man, who was with his wife, couldn’t walk, so they dialed 911. A team of three park rangers and four members of the Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue squad hiked up the steep mountain and helped him walk on crutches or supported him by his arms.

West said the man lives in Belgium. He won’t be fined.

“For now, no. It would only be adding insult to injury,” West said.

A dispatcher for Acadia National Park said the call for help was received around 4:25 p.m. Monday. The man was placed in an ambulance at 7:52 p.m. and taken to the hospital in Bar Harbor.

Tourists and vacationers aren’t the only ones who are angry about – and in some cases paying a price for – the park closure.

Business operators around the park have said the deadlock in Congress has cost them in lost customers and canceled reservations.

Acadia, which typically gets about 285,000 visitors in October, is closed to the public just as the fall foliage season begins, potentially hurting the economy in Bar Harbor and the rest of Mount Desert Island.

More cruise ship visitors visit the park in October than in any other month. Overall, October is the park’s fifth-busiest month.

 

Tom Bell can be contacted at 791-6369 or at:tbell@pressherald.com @TomBellPortland

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Today's poll: Ticketing at Acadia

Do you agree with the National Park Service's decision to ticket people for entering Acadia National Park during the federal shutdown?

Yes

No

View Results