EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 2020-147 Masks
Effective July 13, 2020
This order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering. No mask—no service.
This order includes while onboard the Vessel during the entire duration of your trip whether you are seated inside or outside. Please work with us as we comply with the state requirements. We take providing safe service to Beaver Island very seriously. Your cooperation ensures we are allowed to continue operating.
We appreciate your cooperation!
Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA)
The Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA) is the owner of the M/V Emerald Isle. The vessel is operated by the Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) and is a “scheduled fixed route ferry service” providing transportation to and from Charlevoix, Michigan to Beaver Island, Michigan. The M/V Beaver Islander is owned by BIBCO and is also used for the scheduled fixed route service.
BITA was formed in 1993 pursuant of Public Act 196 to form a transit system in the greater Beaver Island area. Through federal, state, and local funding the M/V Emerald Isle was designed and launched in 1997. In 1993 BITA and BIBCO signed a thirty year management agreement to operate the ferry service.
The BITA Board is comprised of five members appointed by St. James Township. The board meets monthly on the second Tuesday,12 noon, at the BITA building. Financial assistance is received annually through the Michigan Department of Transportation Act 51. BIBCO retains all revenues and pays BITA the local match of fifty percent for operating assistance and ten percent for capital grants.