Havelock couple fighting Cape Lookout ferry service plan

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Passengers ride a ferry to Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The National Park Service plan to consolidate passenger service to the seashore has drawn some protests.

Chuck Beckley/Halifax Media
Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM.

A Havelock couple is spearheading an effort to get the National Park Service to drop a plan to consolidate ferry service to Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Under the new plan scheduled to take effect next year, the park service would award one contract for passenger ferry service to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks. Ferries would run from the park’s ferry terminal at the Harkers Island Visitor Center and the Beaufort waterfront.

Currently, there are eight passenger ferry services the park service has authorized to shuttle tourists and nearby residents to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks, barrier islands accessible only by boat.

Havelock residents Ken and Judi Tyminski have started an online petition on change.org to stop the consolidation.

“It puts the local businesses out of business and affects the economy of Eastern North Carolina,” Judi Tyminski said.

She sees the plan as creating a monopoly and fears it will drive up prices.

Her petitions send letters to park service officials, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, and the Tyminskis want help from someone able to stop the process.

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