BIBCO & BITA Negotiation Nearing Resolution
With the difficulties both sides have been having in the attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute continuing to hamper negotiations, an official from M-DOT offered to come to Beaver Island on Thursday, March 20th, 2003 to sit in on what was billed as a marathon negotiating session. However the weather precluded his arrival: the morning brought a fog that lasted for days, so the negotiators were thrown back upon their own devices. Both sides were optimistic, feeling that they were focusing on specific issues without recourse to personalities, and as it turned the negotiator was not needed. On Friday morning the following press release was issued:
The Beaver Island Boat Company and the Beaver Island Transportation Authority negotiating teams have tentatively come to an understanding on the issues of mutual concern contained in their agreement. The proposal will be brought before their respective boards for review, discussion and potential approval.
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