Monday, June 2, 2014

Chamber Of Commerce Concerned Over Ferry Service Future

At least one South Shore business group is nervous about the future of the new ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine. The manager of the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce hopes the province advancing another $5-million ust to keep the NovaStar operating is not a forerunner of whats ahead. Dan Hennessey says the former ferry service went under after numerous government subsidies and bailouts.

Hennessey says improved promotion of the service to attract more customers and in turn lower fares will be key to its success as a stand-alone business. About $19 million in taxpayer money has already been given to NovaStar Cruises, including the latest 5-million advance.