News: Back up ferry could be ready this fall

Quinte News - Sept 25, 2015

The mayor of Prince Edward County is hopeful after meeting with the Ministry of Transportation in Toronto yesterday that another ferry will be put into the loop in the near future.

Robert Quaiff sat down with the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Frontenac Islands Warden Dennis Doyle, Loyalist Township Mayor Bill Lowry and a councillor from Ahmerst Island.

The group explained to Del Duca the delayed maintenance schedule on the Wolfe Islander III is wreaking havoc on the on the three ferry system forcing declines in business and tourism revenue.

Quiaff says Del Duca informed them that they are looking to other provinces to purchase a used ferry and he will get back to the mayors once he investigates.

In terms of a new ferry, Quaiff says a two year environmental assessment is in the works to to determine the impacts it could place on the current ferry system.

Quaiff says he was surprised to learn Windlectric, the developer that received Renewable Energy Approval in August for a 75-megawatt, 36 turbine project doesn’t have to complete an EA run a special vessel or build a dock to ship and receive parts.

Getting back to the meeting Quaiff says Del Duca is still interested in assisting in finding ways to secure funding to fix Highway 49. A project that Quaiff estimates around $10 to $12 million.

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