MOUNT DESERT 365 • COMMUNITY YEAR-ROUND
Mount Desert 365 is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting long-term economic vitality of the town of Mount Desert, Maine, through expansion of sustainable year-round residential communities and economic revitalization of commercial districts.
Fostering a sustainable year-round community while preserving its natural environment.
Community is at the heart of all we do. Beyond the place where we live, work, and raise our families, community is the connection with neighbors, a shared appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us, and a sense of commitment towards mutual prosperity, communal health and well-being, and civic pride through engagement. We believe that a community that thrives 365 days of the year benefits all of us.
Protecting our Natural Environment
The mountains, waters, fields and woods that are an integral part of the community are precious assets that nurture us physically and spiritually. We have a responsibility to be good stewards and safeguard them for future generations.
Diversity Propels Innovation
A complex weave of people in the community creates a vibrancy that can enhance our best features – creativity, resourcefulness, and integrity. The coming together of people living among us year-round, part-time, or visiting briefly adds texture and color to the community and creates an interdependence that can’t be denied. We believe the knowledge, skills, talents and resources of each part of the community should be harnessed and lead to innovations for the benefit of all.
Inclusion is Essential
A shared vision of the community’s future, combined with focused energy, strategic collaborations, and careful use of resources will guide our decisions.
We Strive for Excellence
Building on the solid foundations of the generations before us to establish and preserve this community, we will endeavor to create opportunities to live and prosper that will stand the test of time.
“Tied to Northeast Harbor through-and-through”
The Nor’Easter Pound & Market looks to the horizon
Ronnie Musetti and Adam Fraley go way back. “Our first time working together was selling ads for the Mount Desert Elementary School yearbook,” Adam remembers. But their friendship began before they entered kindergarten and their connections to the island run even deeper.
Ronnie can trace his roots back to the quarrying families of Hall Quarry and has been fishing since he was nine years old when he started helping his lobsterman grandfather. He continued fishing through high school and has become a successful inshore/offshore lobsterman based out of Northeast Harbor.
Adam’s great grandfather was a doctor in Philadelphia who first learned of Mount Desert Island when he began traveling up here with his summer resident patients. His love of the island trickled down to Adam’s father, who decided to move here and start a family. Like Ronnie, Adam was drawn to the water and got his first job on the Beal & Bunker Mailboat. Like many “Maine boomerangs,” Adam soon returned home to put down roots in the community he loves after attending high school and college out of state and then working as an engineer in Washington, D.C.
Ronnie and Adam’s blend of backgrounds and experience with both the island’s summer and year-round populations led to what Adam called “the creation of something that can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.” Attached to the Kimball Terrace Inn on Huntington Road overlooking the bustling harbor, The Nor’Easter Pound & Market lives up to its tagline “Whatever floats your boat!” with its extensive menu and themed events all within a combination restaurant and retail space. “We really wanted to celebrate the area by doing something unique. We wanted to create a true destination,” said Adam.