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Bridge opponents optimistic after Victoria meetings

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A group opposed to building bridges on the Gulf Islands says it’s confident about stopping a potential link between Gabriola and the main Island.

Bridge Free Salish Sea says at a meeting with the Ministry of Transportation last month they were told a 200-thousand dollar feasibility study is due out in August.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone has pointed to that study, and the new cable ferry for Denman Island, when pressed on issues around fare increases and service cuts at BC Ferries

But the group’s Steve O’Neill says they also heard an encouraging promise from key people in Todd Stone’s office.

O’Neill says he’s still a little baffled about how a petition from around 600 people led so quickly to the promise of a study, and the funding for it.

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He says BFSS has countered that with more than 2-thousand signatures.

The group also recently earned the backing of the Salt Spring – based Gulf Islands Alliance, which unanimously endorsed the Islands Trust and Bridge-Free Salish Sea position opposing fixed links to and between islands in the Islands Trust Area.

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