Organizers Say Mackinac Island Could Lose Annual Race

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) -- A ferryboat feud has led organizers of an annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island to consider moving the race off the island.

Bruce Burton of the Bayview Yacht Club said in a statement Tuesday organizers are worried that a proposed merger between Arnold Transit Co. and Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry would jeopardize the race.

The Petoskey News-Review and The Detroit News say the deal could force longtime race sponsor Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry out of business.

Shepler's has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming a city of Mackinac Island plan that would provide Arnold Transit Co. with a monopoly violates city ordinances and antitrust laws.

Mayor Margaret Doud said proposals from all three companies are being considered.

Arnold Transit Co. said the suit is unjustified and premature

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