Barbuda ferry fee goes into effect

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The newly implemented ferry fee for persons traveling between Antigua and Barbuda has come off without a hitch, according to former Barbuda Senator Linton Thomas.

As of yesterday, August 29, travelers utilizing the ferry service must pay a $5 fee both ways; and Thomas was full of praise for the first persons who did so, saying they did not make a fuss.

He says greater things are in the pipeline for the sister-island, as the fees will be used to construct restrooms at the Port and undertake repairs at the dock in Barbuda, among other things.

This fee was agreed to by the Cabinet and the Barbuda Council, and the Council is responsible for its management. The ferry operators will collect the funds, which will be handed over to the Council and verified against the vessel’s manifest.

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  1. “As of yesterday, August 29, travelers utilizing the ferry service must pay a $5 fee both ways; and Thomas was full of praise for the first persons who did so, saying they did not make a fuss.”

    Wait I don’t understand…..was the ferry free and now it’s $5.00 one way?

  2. So, if the government was imposing this fee the opposition would be up in arms. And the Council under the leadership of Mr. Walker would call for a boycott and tell the world how cruel this government is to the people of Barbuda. This would be a wicked tax. And the poor people of Barbuda could not be burdened with this extra fee. I mean I still believe the government should not approve this fee. It is really a burden on the already high cost for Barbudans to travel to mainland Antigua. And this under the disguise of building a bathroom. It shows you that the Council has no idea whatsoever how to raise funds. All they can do is raise taxes. I’m sure if they had done some fund raising, they would have received assistance from the hotel sector in Barbuda. PLH alone could build this as a charity to the council. But they have a very antagonistic relationship with PLH. Therefore, nothing is happening. Now the Barbudans are asked to carry that burden. And these are people that tell you they love Barbuda and Barbudans. Give me an aspirin.

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