Fund­ing an­nounced for For­tune ferry ter­mi­nal ex­ten­sion

Project to cre­ate wait­ing space for trav­ellers head­ing to and from St. Pierre and Miquelon

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE Paul Her­ridge Pho­tos

Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to and from St. Pierre and Miquelon will soon have a place where they can re­lax, while wait­ing for the ferry to the French is­lands.

The provin­cial govern­ment is pro­vid­ing fund­ing to­tal­ing $177,000 to build an ex­ten­sion on the For­tune Har­bour Author­ity’s ferry ter­mi­nal.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter and Grand Bank District MHA Darin King made the an­nounce­ment, on be­half of In­no­va­tion, Busi­ness and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry French, in For­tune Tues­day morn­ing. He was joined by Mr. French’s par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary MHA Clay­ton Forsey.

In par­tic­u­lar, Mr. King in­di­cated the fund­ing would pro­vide a se­cure, shel­tered and com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for trav­ellers, the lack of which he noted had been an is­sue that has been raised reg­u­larly.

“This project to­day is cer­tainly go­ing to, I think, rec­tify what’s been prob­a­bly a neg­a­tive part that people would have had when they came through here.”

Mr. King ac­knowl­edged the project is the first ma­jor ini­tia­tive for the For­tune Har­bour Author­ity, since it took over the wa­ter­front fa­cil­ity from the federal govern­ment in April 2012.

In­side the new area, he said trav­ellers will be able to learn about com­mu­nity events, ac­tiv­i­ties and ameni­ties avail­able in the re­gion, hope­fully leading to longer stays on the penin­sula and an in­crease in tourism ac­tiv­ity.

Mr. Forsey noted the prov­ince has long cel­e­brated the close con­nec­tion to St. Pierre and Miquelon.

“As a prov­ince, we are proud to have a lit­tle piece of France here on our doorstep, and we are aware that, al­though we come from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, we de­pend on each other for at­tract­ing tourists to our re­gions.”

More than 12,000 pas­sen­gers travel be­tween New­found­land and Labrador and St. Pierre and Miquelon each year.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be com­plete on the ferry ter­mi­nal ex­ten­sion later this spring or early sum­mer.

Pres­i­dent Earl Rose said the For­tune Har­bour Author­ity was grate- ful for the fund­ing to com­plete the project.

“We want the thou­sands of pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling through For­tune to have the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.”

For­tune Mayor Charles Penwell sug­gested do­ing so only in­creases the pos­si­bil­ity tourists will rec­om­mend the trip to oth­ers or re­turn them­selves.

“It’s nice to see that the Har­bour Author­ity is con­tin­u­ing to do what it’s al­ways done since its in­cep­tion.

“In the last 20-odd years that the Har­bour Author­ity has been in ex­is­tence, they’ve al­ways moved for­ward.”

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The new space, lo­cated in the for­mer fed­eral govern­ment build­ing on the For­tune water­front, will give pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to and from St. Pierre and Miquelon a place where they can re­lax while wait­ing for the ves­sel to the French is­lands.

Fund­ing from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment was an­nounced Tues­day morn­ing to con­struct an ex­ten­sion to the For­tune Har­bour Author­ity’s ferry ter­mi­nal. Pic­tured (from left) are Min­is­ter Terry French’s Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Clay­ton Forsey, For­tune Har­bour...

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