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Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - Page updated at 12:28 PM

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Ocean Shores-Westport summer ferry service grounded

Private passenger ferry between Westport and Ocean Shores won't be operating this spring and summer.

Owner Bill Walsh says there's too much sand and silt at the entrance and inside the Ocean Shores Marina, and no governmental entity is prepared to apply for dredging permits.

Walsh says the problem has been getting worse for the past three years. He says there were fewer riders on the ferry El Matador because of longer times between sailings and higher fares - $12.50 per round trip, up from $10.

He says he has had to discontinue service on occasion, but this is the first total shutdown since the ferry runs began in 1986.

Westport Mayor Michael Bruce says the shutdown will probably hurt business.

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Information from: The Daily World, http://www.thedailyworld.com

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