About 350 attend meeting in Pamlico

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM.

Summers, along with lobbyist Joe McClees of Oriental, both told the crowd that DOT was not the culprit, but rather the responsibility of tolls sits with the General Assembly.

Although DOT taped the hour and a half comment period, lobbyist Henri McClees of Oriental questioned if lawmakers would hear the public voice of opposition.

"I would be astonished if one legislator listened to one single word of what we say here tonight," she said, urging citizens in Craven, Pamlico, Beaufort, Hyde and Carteret counties to let their voice be heard by lawmakers in Raleigh.

Although he did not attend the Monday meeting, state Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, said late Monday from Raleigh that he and other lawmakers are working on legislation to abolish all the ferry tolls.

Sanderson said Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, was preparing a bill that would abolish new and existing tolls.

"The general attitude has been either all or none," Sanderson said of legislators. "I would rather go with none."

Sanderson said he planned to read Jeter’s House bill this week, and when it was ready, he would submit his own companion bill in the state Senate.

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