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The Catch-22 of the Kalakala
At what point does the saga of the Kalakala jump the shark? Or did it a long time ago?
Washington’s most famous (or maybe infamous?) ferry is back in the news again, this time with
more continued bad news for virtually everyone involved. According to a TNT article over the weekend, the Kalakala, which we knew was already in pretty rough shape, is now the subject of an eviction lawsuit.
Karl Anderson of Tacoma’s Concrete Technology Corp, whose dock has been the ferry’s most recent host, has filed an eviction suit demanding back moorage fees, and drawing a line in the sand between Anderson and the already very much under water owner of the Kalakala, Steve Rodrigues. The problem is that the Kalakala is in no shape to be moved anywhere. Apparently it would cost anyone who want to move it $2 to $3 million, more than even the Army Corps of Engineers has squirreled away for such occasions.
Seattle P.I. coverage of the situation takes a harsh view of the situation, speculating that “Maybe someone should have put the Kalakala out of its misery a long time ago.”
While we would never go that far, it does seem that the once grand ferry is facing a tortuous and protracted end. And as one quote from Anderson in the TNT article points out, the old ferry does still have that certain something, so who knows…
“People love the Kalakala,” he said. “The media love it. They’re fascinated by it. If somebody on the Kalakala farts, they want to write about it.”
To rubberneck at the spectacle a little more read this weekend’s article from The News Tribune.
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