The director of the Chamber of Commerce says the International ferry run is “key to the continued vitality of the Anacortes economy” and the chamber will work to keep it operating, even though the Governor has decided to take it out of the state budget.
Chamber Executive Director Mitch Everton said “We will be implementing a comprehensive Save Our Ferry (SOF) campaign, beginning early January.”
Governor Chris Gregoire says cutting the Anacortes-Sidney, BC run would save $9.6 million. She is proposing ending it next fall.
But, Everton said the chamber will involve the city and other interested groups in a move to save it. He said contacts have already been initiated with key legislators. In fact, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, a long-time supporter of the ferry system, said “We’re going to do everything we can to keep things running.”
“The chamber will take an active role in planning and follow-up, specifically for the hearings and testimony that will ultimately decide the run's fate,” Everton said in an email to chamber members.