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A Tiny Island Tries to
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Posted By: Pluperfect, 3/29/2020 5:12:05 AM

NORTH HAVEN, Maine—The ferry to the island of North Haven, Maine, has space for a dozen or so vehicles and 220 passengers. This past Saturday afternoon, there were just three passengers: a cable operator on his way to check the island’s Internet service, and a lobsterman and his sternman returning from a supply run. They made the 12-mile crossing inside their trucks, opting not to venture into the ferry’s empty passenger compartments. About 75 minutes later, they docked at the town landing where a single car waited to depart. Normally, this time of year, the 12:30 p.m. ferry runs about half full.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 3/29/2020 7:37:17 AM (No. 361461)
If only Florida could do this. Keeping the snow birds from New York out of the state would make it much safer.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: polarbear2 3/29/2020 7:58:18 AM (No. 361478)
No mention of the fact that one of Maine's uber liberal Congress critters lives there.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: BirdsNest 3/29/2020 8:09:30 AM (No. 361493)
Wish we could have cut off access to our peninsula early on. I don't like the thought of anyone from out of state passing through. They stop to get gas or whatever, leave their germs. In the past week we have seen 4 new cases. Not good. Prayers for this crisis to be gone.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Smoolie 3/29/2020 8:21:47 AM (No. 361500)
The normally friendly North Haven, where everyone waves and says hello, is now home to stares and scowls. I sometimes work there, and there is a serious attitude change. Understandable, but still off putting. Maine, like many areas with a large Seasonal population, is seeing an influx of these Seasonal folks from "away" show up now. Much earlier than usual. Self preservation is normal. Leaving a virus hot zone to go to an area with less recorded cases is selfish.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jacksin5 3/29/2020 8:38:58 AM (No. 361510)
At this time of year, it is Contractor Season on North Haven. The winter ferry schedule is one trip in the morning, one in the afternoon. Outside of the fishermen, dock owners, and store owners, the majority of the island is made up of of summer cottages, unheated and difficult to get to, this being Mud Season in Maine. Politico had to search long and hard to find this nothingburger of a story.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/29/2020 8:56:21 AM (No. 361537)
Good luck, New Haven.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: sanspeur 3/29/2020 9:08:33 AM (No. 361552)
build the wall !!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Strike3 3/29/2020 9:28:11 AM (No. 361573)
Now watch some idiot with the sniffles read this and think, wow, what a great place to hide out. I worked with some Vermonters over 20 years ago who complained back then how rich New Yorkers had ruined the state by buying up all of the cheap farmland and driving property values through the roof. I would guess that Maine has the same problem.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Zumkopf 3/29/2020 2:12:48 PM (No. 361990)
#1, keeping the New Yorkers from VOTING in Florida would keep the state much safer. The politics they import are far more deadly than the COVID-19 virus.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: little guy 3/29/2020 4:20:21 PM (No. 362129)
The Hamptons out on the East End of Long Island have a similar problem. There were only one or two random cases ... until all the Manhattanites decided to "weather the storm" out at their second homes and new rentals. They bought up all the local food from the small vendors (who hadn't yet braced for July!) and then they also bought out the virus with them as a house guest. One real beauty rode out on the jitney bus and promptly went over to the local hospital because this rich snob wanted to be treated special. The bus line has suspended all service since then. And now there are almost 100 cases of the virus on the twin forks of eastern Long Island. Thanks loads. Sheltering in your space means exactly that! Stay exactly where you are! Like playing "freeze" when we were kids. Stop moving --- immediately. BTW --- you can make damn sure that if the virus originated among Montauk fisherman, they would be banned from crossing into NYC! Governor Andy-useless Cuomo would personally stop them at the Queens/Nassau border with a machine gun. And Mayor Hopeless-DeBlasio would knife the rest that managed to get past him.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: unionriverman2316 3/29/2020 5:11:55 PM (No. 362178)
Reply to #4: I grew up in Stonington, on Deer Isle, next island east of N Haven. I, and lots of friends, fished for lobsters in the water between. Both sides were very territorial, often tempers flared and sometimes guns were displayed. It is fully understandable that the natives want to protect themselves. That is the island culture at work. Friday night on Facebook we saw that armed people cut down a tree to block a driveway and told the people to stay in the house. Getting serious I would say.
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