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Thread: Subsidized Fontana North Shore, Hi-Speed Shuttles. Good Idea or Not So Much?

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    Wink Subsidized Fontana North Shore, Hi-Speed Shuttles. Good Idea or Not So Much?

    Numerous sources report that Los Angeles is going to invest hundreds of thousands dollars from federal and local tax revenues to renovate a million dollar yacht used for taking high school students on free tours of the harbor and for similar other uses.

    Taxpayer Money Used To Maintain Million-Dollar Yacht
    Source: CBS Los Angeles

    Maybe the time is right to throw out an equally ridiculous idea for squandering our hard earned tax dollars, BUT... for getting more people involved in fishing the North Shore feeders. In short, there would be hourly shuttles operating out of the Fontana Village and Bryson City areas using a fleet of TAHOE® 228s and high tech destination docks designed to compensate for TVA's seasonal level drawdowns.

    Goal: A maximum of $5 a person round trip fare. Costs not covered by fares could be offset by selling advertising rights to, say... a national outdoor recreation outfitter, a home improvement store and such. Any remaining deficits would be passed on to the federal government, which seems to have an endless supply of money. If federal tax rates would have to be increased in order for us to take our kids on almost free fishing trips, such wouldn't be all that different from all of us pitching in to trick out the Angelena II.
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    absolutely hideous idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by mora521 View Post
    absolutely hideous idea

    I agree +1
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    No wonder the gov't is in debt over its head!

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    $489,000 in Federal money could be better spent anywhere in the nation's most visited park than on hybrid engines for a 73' boat in LA.

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    Thanks, Matt. How could I have been so environmentally negligent in not mentioning the LA one having a green project component!?!?
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    What a great idea...recent posts have talked about how under utilized the backcountry sites are...use some of this government $$$$ to fund electric carts to transport lazy fishermen and their gear to these sites...man the ideas are endless...how about an escalator on the AT so everyone can enjoy the vistas...better shut up before someone thinks I am serious and starts looking for schedules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rog 1 View Post
    What a great idea...recent posts have talked about how under utilized the backcountry sites are...use some of this government $$$$ to fund electric carts to transport lazy fishermen and their gear to these sites...man the ideas are endless...how about an escalator on the AT so everyone can enjoy the vistas...better shut up before someone thinks I am serious and starts looking for schedules.
    Actually a ski lift would be nice! Just kidding.

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    How about a tram into the streams' headwaters from the Clingmans Dome Road? You could at least cover Deep, Noland, and Forney watersheds this way...
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    maybe they can just replace all the trails with paved roads so that all the streams are car accessible.

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