Did anyone else besides me notice what happened to the prices to ride to Kelley's Island after Neuman Boat Line went out of business?
My family used to enjoy frequent trips to the island to bike, visit the state park, and participate in local festivities.
After Neuman folded, it wasn't long before the discount provided to residents disappeared and prices rose across the board.
There is no need for taxpayers to help buy Mr. Palladino a new boat and boat lift for a return of only $6,500 a year for 15 years.
If this does end up happening, however, the taxpayer should have a right to the additional profit generated from this boat. We should also ride free or at a greatly "reduced" price on our new boat line. I agree with trying to foster small business growth.
However, it's called private enterprise for a reason. Let the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line buy its own boat.
They may raise prices further, but maybe it will become profitable enough for another company to figure out a way to transport cars and people to the island more cheaply.
In the end, free enterprise benefits us, the consumer, more so than government involvement will.