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Facebook Page Started to Save Ferry

Residents use social media to garner support for the Rocky Hill Ferry.

A Facebook page to gather support to save the  started by Paul Carr less than four days ago has already taken off.

The page has over 270 “Likes” as of 2 p.m. Monday and many of the comments are directed at Rocky Hill and Glastonbury public officials. Carr said he felt officials for the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry have been more vocal and active on the issue. 

"Hadlyme is beating the crap out of us," Carr said. The Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry is the oldest continuously operating ferry service and was started in 1655. The Chester/Hadlyme Ferry was started in 1769. 

If the public sector is unsuccessful in saving the ferry, Carr is preparing a "continuance plan" to privatize the ferry. He said following his monthly  “Gathering Place” breakfast; local business owners who wanted to help approached him.  If necessary, Carr will ask local business owners to make contributions to help keep the ferry running next year.

“It’s a shame if it closes down this year,” Carr, who is the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said. “People are dying to get on it.”

Carr was down at  Saturday afternoon taking pictures for the Facebook page when he noticed a line of cars backed up on Meadow Road past Mitchells on the River.

The town council will be meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the town hall. The possible closure of the ferry is not on the , but residents can discuss any topic in public comment.

Paul Carr July 18, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Thank you to the close to 300 concerned citizens who have participated in the new facebook page "Save the Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry. Let me be clear on this; the local and state elected officials are responsible for any official response to the Malloy administration concerning the issue of ferries and their funding. Nothing on this facebook page is intended to influence that effort. This site is however, intended as a repository for questions/comment and an exchange of ideas for privatizing the operation should efforts to reverse the Malloy administration fail. What a shame if the Cumberland and Hollister sit on land for the rest of 2011. The real tragedy comes in 2012, if we can't sail this grand and historic vessel, and we lose the right to identify our community with "the oldest continuing ferry operation in the entire country".

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