Steve Eldridge began work as Vinalhaven's new town manager on Dec. 1. Eldridge had been interim town manager in Bethel in western Maine for the six months prior to being hired on the island. He also has been town manager in Lisbon and Rumford.
The island job appealed to him because of the quality of life, he said.
"I've always picked difficult communities and this is not. I like that it's a different way of life," he said.
Eldridge and his wife plan on selling their home in Monmouth and moving to the island.
Nine years ago, a man who had no background or any interest in creating art became an artist. Swimming along the bottom of Wiscasset harbor, 30 feet under water, bottle hunter Rick Carney was hit with an idea that would lead him down an unimagined path.
The $1.1 million property, for which the town has paid $810,000 for a purchase option, includes a wharf, two-story building, launch ramp and more than a half acre of harbor-front land in the heart of the village, just beyond the Port Clyde General Store.