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While thousands of visitors strained to see a festival of tall ships at Beaufort this month, more than 200 state and local officials enjoyed the views from a cruise aboard a state-owned ferry that was paid for partly by taxpayers...
A DOT spokesman, Ernie Seneca, said the cruise cost taxpayers about $2,800 in fuel and staffing -- costs that DOT will absorb.
The steel drum band cost $1,200, Fox said. But ports officials said they don't know how much the catering cost because they haven't gotten a bill. Fox would not say how much was budgeted for the catering.
Cross-posted on the Brock Log
How disappointing is this? As if the implications of tax dollars being used for the food, beer, wine and steel-drum band aren’t bad enough, the ferry was diverted from its usual trip and replaced with a back-up ferry.
More than 200 state and local officials enjoyed a tall ships festival at Beaufort from aboard a state-owned ferry that was paid for partly by taxpayers.
What’s worse is that the Port Authority doesn’t have a list of who rode the party boat. From the article.
There is no authoritative list of who attended, according to the Ports Authority. The authority compiled a list of officials who accepted the offer, but many did not show on the day of the outing.