Suffolk County abandons Fire Island ferry surcharge

May 30, 2012 6:30:06 AM PDT
Suffolk County is abandoning its plan to impose a 25-cent surcharge on everyone who rides a ferry boat to Fire Island.

The county is desperate to close a budget gap of $530 million, and the surcharge would have raised an estimated $750,000.

But residents opposed the plan, and ferry companies threatened legal action.

They say the county could not impose the fee without state permission.

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