BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It was a Holiday weekend that businesses in Bar Harbor had hoped would draw in crowds and high revenue. Instead, it was practically the opposite.
This past Fourth of July weekend was highly anticipated by restaurant and hotel staff due to Independence day falling on a Friday... but Tropical Storm Arthur wiped out power for many of the businesses and hotels on the island- forcing them to close until the power came back on. On Saturday alone, some Bar Harbor restaurants lost as much as 15 to 20 thousand dollars, and some hotels lost 20% of their guests who chose to leave. A set back that has come too early in the season.
"The Fourth of July is something that we look at when we first open, you know, what is that going to be like for that weekend? It's definitely important because from the Fourth of July on it's high season for us, completely," said Nichole Sargent, Front Desk Manager of the West Street Hotel. The hotel lost power on July 5th during Tropical Storm Arthur.
Business owners say the past five years have brought low revenue months in July. They're hoping they can come back from the loss of money over the weekend.