PORTLAND (AP) — Plans for ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia have taken another step forward.

Portland’s Housing and Community Development Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to support a lease agreement for ferry service between the city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1iDVgYH ) reported that the lease, which could generate $150,000 to $400,000 a year for the city, will be taken up by the full City Council on April 7.

Service is expected to begin May 1, but Nova Star Cruises is still awaiting federal permits required to begin marketing and selling tickets.

The ferry has 163 cabins and room for 1,215 passengers. The ferry will offer table games, slot machines, a spa and fine dining. It will operate seven days a week from May 1 to Oct. 31.

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