CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Plans by the operator of the ferry to Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair to end service are causing concern among residents who rely on it for year-round travel.
The Michigan Public Service Commission announced Tuesday that Champion's Auto Ferry last month sent notification saying it planned to end ferry service in the future.
David Byson, the company's president and CEO, plans to retire. The ferry has said traffic is down and it faces pressures from the cost of fuel, labor and insurance.
Harsens Island is in St. Clair County's Clay Township, about 30 miles east-northeast of Detroit. The Detroit Free Press reports the island has about 1,200 year-round residents and the summer population grows to about 5,000. The island is accessible by boat as well as a small airstrip.
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