Legislators give opponents of ferry tolls some hope

Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM.

Speciale said that despite the placement of a toll booth at the Minnesott-Cherry Branch ferry route, tolls are not a done deal.

“They spent $67,000 on that little toll booth,” he said. “That’s kind of stupid. You could buy a nice mobile home for that. That is why we shouldn’t let the government take money from anybody.”

Later, when addressing the audience, Speciale said it was a big issue but he was fighting to eliminate the proposed tolls.

“I have a gut feeling in the end we are going to prevail,” he said.

Ron Seegan of Minnesott Beach said a ferry toll would hurt his handyman business. He has to use the ferry two or three times a week, he said.

“I don’t want to see them charge a ferry toll,” he said.

The lawmakers heard from residents of Pamlico County and how it would affect everything from the Arapahoe Charter School, costing students and teachers who ride the ferry, to workers, military members, retirees and local businesses.



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