State legislators to attend ferry meeting in Oriental

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 04:45 PM.

The wheels are in motion for the tolls, including the recent construction of a toll booth at the Minnesott Beach ferry site, at a cost of about $67,000.

On Saturday, the expected lawmakers include area anti-toll supporters, Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, and Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, along with some other coastal elected officials. Among the inland lawmakers is Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, who introduced a bill against the tolls.

Other legislators expected include Rep. John Torbett, R-Gaston; Rep. Kelly Hastings, R-Gaston; Rep. Paul Tine, D-Beaufort; and Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort.

Pamlico County lobbyists Henri and Joe McClees are attending all the stops with the legislators.

Summers said the Saturday speakers in Oriental will include representative from Cherry Point, Potash Corp of Aurora, Tideland Electric and county managers from Beaufort and Pamlico counties.

Oriental resident Jim Barton, a retired Navy captain, will offer a history of ferries on N.C. 306 in Beaufort and Pamlico counties.

The Don’t Tax Our Highways group has contended that the ferries along the N.C. 306 route are extensions of the highway and tolls represent double taxation, along with highway taxes.

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