People in White Castle say they want their ferry to be saved; White Castle Ferry Closure
POSTED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 5:34pm
WHITE CASTLE, LA (NBC33) — The White Castle Ferry closes for good tomorrow, and people who use it every day aren't too happy about it. They said it's not over until it's over, and even though the ferry is set to close, people who depend on it say they will do whatever it takes to keep the ferry up and running.
Linda Hasten needs the ferry so much, she actually fought to bring the ferry here in the first place 15 years ago, and she has been using it ever since.
"Whenever they said that it was closing, it was deadly to me because I have been with that ferry boat since it first came in here," Hasten said. "But it brought me to work. It brought other citizens to work. Now it still needs to bring other citizens to work. Therefore Governor, please think about the people here in White Castle."
State officials said closing the ferry is a way to save money, but Hasten said the people in White Castle will be losing money.
"It's causing us to have these people use extra expenses. Therefore I feel that the governor should, if necessary ask the people first the people of White Castle if we can keep our ferry open," Hasten said."Please keep our ferry open, if you can. If not, then find us a way maybe by adding a few more dollars if we cross over."
Michelle Allen said she would be willing to pay more too. She has used the ferry for years.
"It's easier to pay a dollar to cross the ferry. Now I think even if they had to up it to two dollars or maybe even three, that would be high, but it would be a lot less than to have to pay the gas to commute," Allen said.
"The ferry can be saved. It was done before, Governor," Hasten said. "You did it before. You left it open, so leave it open now for us."
Hasten said she will do whatever it takes to get the ferry back up and running even if she has to go to the Capitol herself.