Saturday, July 07, 2012
For several months the island has been abuzz about proposed tolls on the Hatteras Inlet ferries and increased tolls on the Pamlico Sound ferries. At first there was talk of tolls on all North Carolina ferries, then the Hatteras route was exempted, then news was that the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes would be raised (in some scenarios more than tripled). Then there was a moratorium...then that was overturned, with a proposal to toll all ferries.
Round and round it went, with intense lobbying from coastal counties most effected by the proposed changes. The latest news is good. There will be no fees on the Hatteras run, and tolls on the other routes will stay the same...at least until 2013, when the issue is sure to be raised again.
You can read more on Hyde County's web site:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Molly Lovejoy's 2012 Ocracoke School Valedictory Address. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062112.htm.