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Daufuskie Island ferry contract expires in June

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DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Many people on Daufuskie Island rely heavily on the public ferry service for their livelihood.

The county's contract for the ferry expires at the end of June and council members are trying to figure out what's next.

On Monday night, county council members are expected to vote on a resolution to ask the Dept. of Transportation to fund $75,000 toward a ferry service. If the DOT does provide that money, the county will match that amount.

Last year the council approved $150,000 to go toward the Daufuskie ferry, which currently runs only twice a day, making it difficult for people to get to the mainland for groceries or doctor's appointments.

A nonprofit effort is also slowly underway between two organizations in hops of eventually providing two high speed ferry boats, terminal construction and a turn lane at US 278 at Pinckney Island.

If it happens, it will still require the green light from the county, which is in negotiations on how to fix the issue.

"All of the council members are in agreement that the Daufuskie ferry situation has to be figured out and hopefully through grants and council's continuation of providing funds, the people who live on Daufuskie Island will have a ferry service," said Beaufort County spokesperson Joy Nelson.

On top of the $150,000 match fund, the county has started applying for a DOT Tiger grant for marine transportation study on Daufuskie Island.

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