Using the latest available U.S. Census data pertaining to the NAICS category "Boat Dealers", on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 1 in the nation in terms of number of boat dealers, annual boat sales and annual boat dealer payrolls.
While boat dealer data may not be a perfect surrogate for tourism data they are indication of what we already know - Maine is highly favored by tourists and tourism is a particularly important business for Maine.
Vacationland could just as easily be called Water World with its extraordinary number of lakes, ponds, rivers and its tremendous seacoast, to say nothing of its clean ground water reserves, (the latter an increasingly coveted resource as western U.S. cities' population explosions severely tax their water supplies.)
Click on the following link to review the simple analysis, including a listing of data sources (U.S. Census/most recent US Economic Census) and the original source data.
There is no doubt that the Maine brand is the great outdoors. And it's potentially an even more valuable brand in years to come as more and more of the huddled masses in Megalopolis and other places discover the incredible place we have.
Why would we want to jeopardize the tourism and tourism potential we have here in Maine? Do our representatives in Augusta really want to infest our incredible mountains, ridges, hilltops, forests, farmlands, seacoast and islands with giant out of place industrial wind installations and requisite transmission gashes all so that a small handful of super wealthy insiders in distant places can become yet wealthier at the expense of Mainers and our visitors who so faithfully depend on Maine being Maine?
Turbine lights on Rocky Dundee seen from Upper Pond (Gary Campbell photo)
US Senator Angus King's Record Hill wind factory towering over Roxbury Pond - 22 turbines in total
(Brad Blake Photo)