Federal budget cuts were to keep the majority of the roads closed within Acadia National Park until May 19th, but now due to the donated efforts of area businesses within the Chamber of Commerce, various people and the Friends of Acadia, the summit road to the top of Mt. Cadillac will open this Saturday morning, May 11th.

The pinch was definitely felt this past Sunday when the first of 135 cruise ships arrived for the season.  The Veendam arrived and the crew quickly found out that the scheduled bus ride to the top of Cadillac that they had presented to their passengers could not take place.

Various businesses within the Chamber will donate manpower to clean things up, portable toilets and signage directing bike traffic.

Chris Fogg, the director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce told the Bangor Daily News, "even if it's only a week early, it's still really important"!  Area businesses have reported their income rising 40% on days that a cruise ship is in town.

Acadia National Park officials say that all roads to the park will now officially open on Friday May 17th.

The summit road to the top of Cadillac is closed during the winter months while some roads within Acadia remain accessible.

The photo above is of President Obama and his family during a visit to the top of Mt. Cadillac back in July of 2010.  Former first daughter Jenna Bush accepted her boyfriend's marriage proposal atop Cadillac in August of 2007.