0807fiferry.jpgThe ferries to Fire Island are seeking an immediate fare increase that would raise the cost up to 25 percent, raising one-way fares from $8 to $10, and round-trip from $15 to $18. Newsday reports that ferry reps of the "Fire Island Ferries Inc. of Bay Shore and the Davis Park Ferry Co. of Patchogue told county legislators this week that they will lose more than $150,000 each this year and will need the fare hikes to avoid doing the same next summer." To counter that, a rep from the Legislature's Budget Review Office claims the ferries made more than $1 million in 2007, thanks in part to a previous fare increase of 10%, and is suggesting another hike not be granted before the end of September. In order to raise the fares the private ferry companies will need the county's approval first.