“It’s is not for those who depend on a high level of outside entertainment, for we have no theatre, no boutiques, no country club; in fact alcoholic beverages cannot be purchased on the Island
It is not for those who want instant, inexpensive travel facilities, for although we have reliable State Ferry Service, it takes some advance planning to be sure of being on it
It is not for those with a low threshold of frustration for the inevitable delays and inconveniences that go with Island living
SWAN’S is the place for a very special kind of individual…
It is ideal for those who are skilled at entertaining themselves in fog or sunshine and who prefer an hour beach combing to an hour bowling, and a good book to a movie
It is a joy to those who delight in spectacular scenery and appreciate the simple rhythm of days which are determined by the comings and goings of tide and ferry
It is the place for those who are content with low-keyed social life, where an evening invitation usually calls only for a clean sweatshirt and dry sneakers.”
“Swan’s Island is located off the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. It is a remote island, with ferry service originating in Bass Harbor. The six mile crossing from Bass Harbor takes about 40 minutes. The ferry, “Captain Henry Lee”, holds 17 automobiles as well as walk-on passengers. The island has almost none of the mainland amenities. There are no liquor sales, and no amusements, except those that people create for themselves. The year-round population is about 350 people, with over 1000 people in the summertime. Swan’s, a large island of some 7,000 acres (ten square miles), has a highly irregular shoreline that provides secure and interesting anchorages for visiting boaters. It is hilly, but not particularly high. There is a quarry for swimming as well as places to visit on foot or bicycle. The island has three little villages, Atlantic in Mackerel Cove on the north coast, Swan’s Island, on the shores of Burnt Coat Harbor in the south and Minturn.
Lobstering is the main occupation on Swan’s Island. The economy of the island is mostly dependent on the income derived from lobstering. Swan’s Island has about 40 full-time lobstermen and women, and many part-timers, including school children who fish from small skiffs in the summer.
Income is from property tax and various excise taxes and fees.
The island’s grammar school serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade, and a separate pre-school serves younger children. Some Island students are home-schooled.”
Swan’s Island residents are pleased to have a new store that offers a healthy selection of staples during regular weekly hours, with sandwiches on Fridays only.
“SWAN’S ISLAND’S PRELIMINARY WIND POWER STUDY RESULTS A preliminary analysis of the wind resource study has proven that Swan’s Island’s wind resource is strong…and is more than adequate to produce most of the Island’s power needs during the windier months of the year. Using the wind data collected for the 12 calendar months of 2008 , Swan’s Island’s wind velocity averages nearly 13 miles per hour… If the Board of Trustees of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative believe that the report is supportive of moving forward with permitting and financing a Wind Power Project, then it will move to hold a vote of the Cooperative membership to see whether there is strong community support for a project among year-round and summer residents who are members of the Electric Cooperative. A strong majority vote of the membership would authorize the Board to begin the application for permits and to begin arranging the financing for the project to move forward.
Phase II, which includes the Permitting Process, as well as the financial and legal arrangements, could consume much of 2011, and actual construction and commissioning of a wind turbine (Phase III) could easily stretch into the summer and fall of 2012.”
This blogger took a bike trip to Swan’s Island. http://ouracadia.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/a-bike-trip-to-swans-island/