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Fri June 22, 2012
Mackinac Island ferries reach franchise agreement
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)-- A dispute over Mackinac Island ferry service is ending with a 20-year agreement.
The Detroit News reports Northern Ferry Company and Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry will continue to offer service to the Island under a franchise agreement approved this week by the Mackinac Island City Council. The agreement ensures the ferry companies get a say in rates and schedules.
Northern Ferry owns the Star Line and Arnold Transit Company ferries. Word that an agreement was nearly done came earlier this month.
The deal followed disagreements in recent years about ferry franchises. It avoids the prospect of state legislation about ferry service to the island located between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas.