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Suffolk County Refuses Surcharge for Fire Island Ferry

The 25-five cent surcharge was considered to help close close the County' $530M budget gap.

Suffolk County won't impose a 25-cent surcharge on Fire Island ferry tickets this summer, Newsday reports.

The proposed fee, which was under consideration by County Executive Steve Bellone, was a revenue-raising measure to help close the County's $530-million budget gap.

If implemented, then the surcharge would've raised an estimated $750,000.

The fee was met with opposition from Fire Island residents and private ferry operators, seemingly prompting officials to abandon the plan.

"We've heard the concerns raised and won't implement a 25-cent surcharge on the Fire Island Ferry," County spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter wrote in an email to Newsday.

To read the full report, click here.

 

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