Port of PT approves passenger ferry lease option rather than construction

by Tim Flanagan on February 5, 2012

Lauren Salcedo has the story in the Port Townsend Leader:

Plans for a Port Townsend-to-Seattle passenger ferry are still in the paperwork phase, troche
but the Port of Port Townsend is looking to make the plans more appealing to locals.

“The commissioners gave permission to buy a used boat, or lease a boat,” said Jim Pivarnik, port deputy director, who referenced some public backlash to the idea of building a million-dollar boat.

The Port of Port Townsend Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the port to lease a boat or buy a used boat on Jan. 25.

“Staff is high on the idea of leasing the boat. So we can try it for a few years and see how it goes and see if there is enough support,” Pivarnik said. “I am not saying it’s going to fail, but there are a lot of nay-sayers.”

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