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Newsletter - Friday 7/24/2010


Special Request from the Publisher and Editor of H2Onotes

H2ONotes Readers:

It has come to our attention that the City of Mackinac Island is considering alternatives in managing the expiration of ferry franchise licenses and might ultimately deny Shelper’s Ferry Service its franchise.  As lifelong Michigan residents and frequent visitors to Mackinac Island we have found Shepler’s service to be 2nd to none.  It concerns us that the City of Mackinac Island is even publically considering limiting competition and driving a family business out of the community.

Please join us in letting the Mayor and City Council of Mackinac Island know that we value Shepler’s service to the community and that decisions by the City to limit competition would be unwelcome.

Voicing you concern is as easy as sending an email to the Assistant to the Mayor or the City Clerk.  If you like, you could send a copy to Shepler’s and let them know you support them also:

Mackinac Island City Clerk:               clerk@cityofmi.org
Assistant to the Mayor:                       assistant@cityofmi.org
Shepler’s Ferry Service:                      information@sheplersferry.com


Please forward this letter to the Mayor and City Council members at your earliest convenience:

Mayor Margaret M. Doud & City Council Members
Office of the Mayor
Mackinac Island
Lakeshore Drive
Mackinac Island, Michigan   49757

Dear Mayor Doud and Council Members,

I am writing to voice my support for the renewal of the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service Franchise Agreement.

As a resident of Michigan I am a frequent visitor to Mackinac Island.  My family and I have found Shepler’s Ferry Service to have a higher standard of service than any of the other providers.  Denying them the right to continue in competition to the other providers is fundamentally wrong.  It will lower the overall quality of service to your island guests and ultimately result in a higher cost to everyone.

For many island visitors, Shepler’s is the first and last “island experience”.  The city could not have a better representative of its interests than Shepler’s.   People that have a good experience will return to the Island and spend money year after year.  There is little doubt in my mind that eliminating the Shepler’s license will adversely impact the economy of the Island.  You can’t arbitrarily eliminate the service leader and not anger your most loyal customers.

I am formally asking you to renew the Shepler’s Franchise Agreement and grant them the ability to continue to set the standard for excellence in service.



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