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New Black Ball owners get 30-year lease for Port Angeles ferry terminal

New Black Ball owners get 30-year lease for Port Angeles ferry terminal

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

Arwyn Rice has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT ANGELES — Port of Port Angeles commissioners agreed Monday to a 30-year lease with the new owners of Black Ball Ferry Line, which operates the MV Coho vehicle ferry, for its terminal on the Port Angeles waterfront.

The lease provides for the possible purchase of the facilities, as well as solidifies arrangements for a $4 million dock replacement for the terminal at the foot of Laurel Street.

Commissioners expressed relief that the ferry line — which operates the 1,000-passenger MV Coho as it plies the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Port Angeles and Victoria — is again under regional ownership, putting to rest any concerns that the ferry could be transferred to another area by its former owner, the Oregon State University Foundation.

“I feel extremely comfortable having a local ownership group,” said Commissioner John Calhoun.

“It’s a vital part of our community’s infrastructure,” Calhoun said.

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