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Friday, March 19, 2010

Rockport Trolley Company Expands to Add Limousines


I guess even in a depression you need limos.

This is  hard business without heavy traffic and sales.

One limo rental every 4 weeks is not going to cut it....

Oh well...I wish them well.

The trolley is a different story.

Rockport — It looks like a quiet, residential road in Rockport until one gets to Jim Gamage Jr.'s house.

Parked outside is a fleet of trolleys, super stretch limousines and other vehicles.

Gamage started the All Aboard Trolley Co. about seven years ago. His goal was to bring some of the old-fashioned charm and nostalgia of trolleys back and fit them into the sightseeing business in Midcoast Maine.

He had been running the company with two 23-passenger trolleys.

In January Gamage purchased seven vehicles as part of a package deal from a man in Massachusetts who was going out of business due to a divorce.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rockland Golf Club Uses Financial Incentive to Lure New Members

It's hard to make money with a golf course.

But it's even harder in a depression. 

I really like the Rockland Golf Course....and Keenan's a nice guy (golf pro). 

But the greens fees are still overpriced...especially for families.

Besides...most kids just want to ride on golf carts. Why don't they make cart rentals free or family days for $25? It's almost $70 with a cart and clubs!

Good luck. 

Here's the deal.........

Rockland — Even if it has not been headline news, the slow, steady decline of the golf industry in America has been evident — especially at the local level. Golf's gradual stagnation and the decline in club memberships — along with revenues — had been a problem even before the country's current economic recession.

Clubs across the nation have been hit by the trend and Rockland's public course is no exception. Part of the reason for the decline, according to some, is the nature of golf, but another is the high cost to play the game.

The Rockland Golf Club has taken active measures to appeal to consumers and gain new membership by reducing that cost.

Beginning Feb. 1,  the Rockland Golf Club instituted a membership recruitment program to cut the cost of joining the club. The program will end July 1.

Simply put, if a returning member recruits a new member to the club, both parties receive a discount to their annual membership fees. This incentive will allow individual new members to join for $750, whereas last year's fee was nearly $1,000. The returning club member also will pay $750 for his/her membership for 2010.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rockland Hikes Cruise Ship Fee

Give me a break!

People and entrepreneurs worked overtime to attract cruise ships to the area. Then a couple of stupid bureaucrats decide to tax the crap out of passengers.

Granted.....a $6 is not going to break passengers.

But when are we going to dump the welfare state and mentality once and for all? of the reasons no one is coming to Maine and opening a business is the state and local governments tax the living daylights out of them!

It's true.

New businesses are not being started by people moving to Maine...generally speaking.

To some people that's great...they don't want anyone moving to Maine.

But if we don't stop taxing, regulating, and burdening business owners and entrepreneurs, Maine will NOT become the next'll become a bankrupt third world pothole.

Here's the deal..........................

By Stephen Betts

Rockland — "Mega" cruise ships will be required to pay $6 per passenger if they want to come to Rockland, city councilors agreed March 8.

The council voted 4-1 to hike the fee from the $1 per passenger that had been in place. The Rockland Harbor Management Commission had asked the council to impose an $8 per passenger fee on huge cruise ships that come into port, citing what it said are problems other communities have with the vessels.

The council's vote came after a dozen people spoke out on the issue, with a majority asking the council to impose the higher recommended fee.

Former Councilor Joseph Steinberger said the council should not sell the city short. He also urged councilors to listen to the recommendations of the committees that do the research.