Rate proposal gets no support

Maine State Ferry Service Manager Mark Higgins and MDOT Commissioner David Bernhardt assured us that they “are listening and will take all comments into consideration” regarding the proposed ferry rate increase. Donna Wiegle is one of many who encourage us to have our voices heard: “On Tuesday, Feb. 20, there was an official public hearing held at the Swan’s Island School at 6:30 p.m. to hear comments regarding the Maine State Ferry Service’s recommendation of implementing an In-State/Out-of-State rate increase. There was no support by those attending the hearing for the proposed In-State/Out-of-State increase. Mark Higgins, the Maine State Ferry Service Manager, shared that there had been no support for it on Vinalhaven, North Haven, or Islesboro, either. Many of those in attendance spoke against the In-State/Out-of-State rate increase, citing various reasons for opposing it. There was great support for an across-the-board rate increase of the present fares and keeping the island- and mainland-originated ticketing system in place. Comments for, or against, the In-State/Out-of-State rate increase may be sent until March 2 to the following (please copy all three to your comments): Jim Billings, Office of Legal Services, 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330-0016, Email: [email protected]; Mark Higgins, Maine State Ferry Service Manager, Email: [email protected]; Commissioner David Bernhardt, Maine Department of Transportation, Email: Becky Pushard, Assistant to the Commissioner, [email protected]

The ultimate decision on a new rate structure will be made by Bernhardt.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Patty Burns LeMoine, who passed away recently.

Ben Tongue shares the sad news that his cousin Becky Munsell passed away, and he requests that we keep Becky and her family in our prayers.

Happy birthday to Cheri L. Ellison, Cindy Kennedy Niquette, Timothy Treadwell, Liela Banks, Bernita Joyce Pelkey, Clara Estelle Riedel, Billie Jo Riedel, Gary Rainford and Emmie Mckay Sawyer.

Kimberly Haller

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