We the Citizens of California and communities outside of California are signing in support of the continuation of Angel Island Tiburon Ferry’s (AITF), contract with the California Department of Parks and Recreation. We believe AITF provides and will continue to provide the most frequent, greenest and best service, free of subsidy. We know AITF is a small business and AITF works hard to keep costs down so all may enjoy Angel Island. Larger carriers may have a larger profit margin and as such may not focus primarily on the public’s best interest.
Angel Island Tiburon Ferry and the McDonogh family have been an integral part in the history of Angel Island, as they have provided transportation and a multitude of services to and from the Island for 5 generations over 140 years.
According to the 2012 Feasibility Report (the Dornbusch Report), the public is best served by Angel Island Tiburon Ferry, and we believe that it is in the public’s best interest to maintain this relationship.
AITF boats are an essential element to public safety of our community, especially in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. Angel Island Tiburon Ferry’s ability to evacuate people and transport supplies is demonstrated in the 2008 Angel Island fire, as AITF was able to quickly mobilize and evacuate campers, while simultaneously carrying over fire fighters and equipment to the emergency site.
The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry is a woman and family owned business and is an essential part of our community and integral piece of our State’s history.
We sign this letter in support of our request that the Department of Parks and Recreation work in earnest to renew a contract that is viable over the long term with AITF as AITF continues to provide the best services to the public and our community.