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BI Tourism Council supports RI Fast Ferry from Quonset

September 13, 2013

(File Photo) Donadio takes issue with fast ferry opposition

The Block Island Tourism Council voted Tuesday to support the concept of the proposed Rhode Island Fast Ferry from Quonset to Block Island.

Jessica Willi, executive director of the tourism council confirmed Thursday that the council voted 5-0 with two recusals to indicate their support of the proposed fast ferry through a letter to the town council.
Charles Donadio Jr., president of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, appeared before the tourism council Tuesday.
Donadio said he felt the tourism council was “100 percent” behind his proposed ferry.
“They felt that the type of service that I want to bring to the island, with the intermodal connections and the type of passengers we’re going to bring, they felt it would be a boost to tourism there,” he said.
Earlier this week, Donadio’s attorney, Alan M. Shoer, filed a motion Monday on behalf of Rhode Island Fast Ferry objecting to the motions for intervention filed by Interstate Navigation Company, which runs the Block Island Ferry, and the motions filed by Block Island Ferry Services, which runs the Block Island Express service from New London, Conn., to Block Island. Rhode Island Fast Ferry also objects to the motion filed by Intrastate Nav. Company, which owns the dock where the Block Island Ferry berths and leases it to Interstate Navigation and Block Island Ferry Services.
Rhode Island Fast Ferry does not object to the motion for intervention filed on behalf of the town of New Shoreham, Donadio said Thursday and Shoer indicated in the objections filed.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the Friday, Sept. 13 edition of the Narragansett Times.

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