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Near Acadia, shutdown’s effects will linger

Acadia National Park, a big destination for leaf-peepers, was open for business Thursday after being closed for weeks.
Acadia National Park, a big destination for leaf-peepers, was open for business Thursday after being closed for weeks.Credit: Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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BAR HARBOR, Maine — The reopening of Acadia National Park Thursday came too late for Rich Oczkowski, owner of High Seas Motel.

The 16-day federal shutdown, coming at the end of his busy season, cut his usual sales by half. He stood at his 37-room property—tucked amid dramatic ocean vistas and glorious fall foliage-- contemplating how he and his pregnant wife will pay the mortgage, budget for the baby, and make it through the long off-season.

In a difficult economy, he said, “You’re spread even thinner.”

Oczkowski and this Downeast tourist town are among those who will feel the effects long-after Washington turns to other issues. The shutdown sucked an estimated $24 billion from the US economy.

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