We weren't the only ones taken aback by the sale story; Kane says he heard from many patrons and supporters in the ensuing days. Their response, in his nutshell description: "'What the fuck are you doing?'" The answer, according to a letter he sent out July 19 to customers, friends, and advertisers, is nothing of the sort. The missive acknowledges talks about a merger of the two shuttle services but asserts, "No sale will take place. We are not for sale, period."
"There is no way I would sell my business to Living Classrooms," Kane tells us. "There are a a lot of people who would take great exception if I were to sell to Living Classrooms. We refer to it here as 'the evil empire.'"
The Sun reported--correctly, Kane says--on talks with Living Classrooms about creating a single water-taxi service. (Calvert wrote that Kane wants the city to buy out Seaport Taxis and give Water Taxis a three-year monopoly on the taxi business, after which Kane would give his boats and business to the city. Kane wouldn't confirm or deny details for us.) Where the paper may have jumped the gun, Kane suggests, is in reporting the matter as an imminent sale to Living Classrooms. Kane says he tried to make that clear during the interview, but "[Calvert] may not have picked up on my emphasis."
Apparently Living Classrooms President James Piper Bond didn't pick up on that emphasis either, at least not before he got wind of the July 19 letter. "Mr. Kane had approached us a while ago about potentially buying his business, so we've been in discussions with our team and him for months," he says. "It's interesting that Ed sent that letter out. So at this time, I guess I'd say [the deal] is on hold."
Bond isn't giving up entirely on cornering the water-shuttle market: "[T]here's always possibility for the future." For now, though, both parties acknowledge there will be no deal, and Kane is satisfied that his closest associates, at least, know the "rest of the story," as he puts it. All that's left is for The Sun to alert its readers that there are still two services plying the tourist-infested waters. We checked the paper's electronic archive going back to July 18, and as of press time there had been no follow-up story or correction.
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