Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Co­conut paused briefly to re­mem­ber the good ship Sea­faris this week, ex­actly four years since it spec­tac­u­larly caught fire and sank off Cape Tribu­la­tion while fer­ry­ing rich pas­sen­gers around on a char­ter. The dream­boat was the pride and joy of Jeff McCloy, a New­cas­tle, NSW, prop­erty de­vel­oper who owned a barra farm and maybe still does have land­hold­ings at Wonga Beach. (Snip­ing over th­ese mat­ters with long­stand­ing lo­cal mayor Mike Berwick in the early 2000s led to a swath of un­pleas­ant­ness and the odd law­suit. Poor Mike had to ad­mit in a printed apol­ogy in the Gazette, cer­tainly unique in the an­nals of pub­lish­ing, that call­ing Jeff’s barra farm “Auschwitz” was a tad too colour­ful). Those were the days. But the year 2014

. . . and af­ter

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