William Heldreth had been counting on a steady flow of tips last weekend at Bintliff's Restaurant in Ogunquit, where he works as a waiter. The restaurant and most of the town's businesses were anticipating a influx of tourists because of the community's annual "Christmas by the Sea" festival.
But with no power, Bintliff's closed its doors, and festival organizers canceled the parade, the concert, the caroling, the chowder contest and the wandering minstrels.
Even Santa was a no-show.
"We kind of look forward to this time of year to get through the winter," said Heldreth. "It was pretty devastating financially."
It was hard to find any winners in Ogunquit, though. Typically, last weekend is the busiest weekend of the off-season, but the seaside community had no power all day Friday and Saturday.
At Village Food Mart on Maine Street, the power outage meant the loss of about $20,000 in gross revenues. The store also was forced to discard or donate $10,000 to $15,000 in food, including the holiday roasts that had been stored in the freezer. (Source)
Wicked Gay Blog: It saddens me to hear this because I LOVE Ogunquit and the great people that live there. It is one of the most romantic gay destinations in all of New England and I have great respect for their local business owners including Normand of the great gay bar & club MaineStreet and Wayne who runs the Front Porch to name just a few! It looks like we will just have to get together a little gay getaway this winter and head to Ogunquit and give their local economy a boost since there are lots of great places to shop, eat, and sleep!