Deal to sell Mat-Su's unused ferry appears to be falling through

AnchorageMay 17, 2013 

This undated photo provided by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough shows the 200-foot ferry Susitna, in Alaska.

MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough kind of, sort of thought it had reached a deal to sell its  white-elephant ferry M/V Susitna for $6 million, but all of a sudden the prospective buyer  seems to have lost interest, reports the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

The company in question, a limited liability corporation the borough had trouble finding any information on and which appeared to have been created solely to buy the vessel, didn’t come through with the promised $500,000 down payment.

[Borough planner Emerson] Kruger said that the borough was considering filing a lawsuit to be compensated for time lost in the process.

The purchase agreement is just the latest twist in the slowly unfolding saga of the ferry.

“When this is all over, somebody could pick up all of the emails and discussions and stories in the paper and could write an interesting novel,” [borough manager John] Moosey said.

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