New hearings scheduled on proposed ferry tolls

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM.

Summers said he plans to seek a permit for a gathering on the grounds of the legislative building the day of the Raleigh hearing. He will also seek an audience for his group with the governor and the secretary of transportation.

He said the Raleigh trip would also be a chance to visit lawmakers from areas other than the affected coastal counties.

Local legislators have offered support against the tolls. N.C. Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, has introduced a House bill seeking no tolls for the Minnesott and Aurora ferries. N.C. Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, said he is working on a comprehensive bill that would also address cutting expenses for the ferry system.

“I know they are both working on it, but if we can get the (General Assembly) leadership to support it, we can get somewhere,” Summers said.

Summers said he was contacting people in Beaufort, Washington and Hyde counties about the Raleigh trip.

About 50 people, including 40 from Pamlico County, visited the opening day of the 2012 legislature session to protest the tolls and present a petition with 1,500 names to the House speaker.

“We did get the moratorium and I think that our going up there was a major influence,” he said. “This year, I don’t think we’ll get another moratorium, so we have to get it knocked out.”

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