Water taxi could quickly join downtown Bradenton to the seashores

In a matter of months, downtown Bradenton lodges could possibly be only a quick stroll from the seaside.

A city-to-sand water taxi service is within the works. The pair of boats would embark from the day dock on the east facet of the Inexperienced Bridge, crusing to Anna Maria Pier, Bradenton Seashore Pier, and Coquina Seashore.

“The time is now,” stated Elliott Falcione, government director of the Bradenton Space Conference and Guests Bureau. “We have had excessive pent-up demand and visitation. We have had a spike in actual property improvement. The streets don’t get any lighter, so we have to get automobiles off the roads.”

Falcione is working with a west coast Florida-based water taxi operator. The boats could possibly be crusing as early as February. They’d carry as much as 49 passengers forwards and backwards, working Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. That schedule may broaden with demand. And so may the itinerary, presumably extending to Longboat Key and downtown Sarasota.

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A one-way journey would price $8 for adults, much less for youths and seniors, with choices of 1-day and 10-day hopper passes.

Map of proposed water taxi route.

The pair of boats would embark from the day dock on the east facet of the Inexperienced Bridge, crusing to Anna Maria Pier, Bradenton Seashore Pier, and Coquina Seashore.

“For it to achieve success, you might want to have variety on the water vessel. I’d say 30% should be residents,” Falcione stated.

A big a part of advertising and marketing efforts might be geared towards getting and holding locals onboard.

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“We’re taking a look at presumably providing hospitality staff, service staff that work on Anna Maria Island, free rides to get forwards and backwards to work,” Falcione defined.

Manatee County will probably subsidize this enterprise within the first few years.

A water taxi on the water.

The boats could possibly be up crusing as early as February. 

“It’s one other step to get folks off the roads of their automobiles and assist transport folks to the island,” stated Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia. “I am actually, actually enthusiastic about it.”

There are a couple of extra particulars to work out comparable to what choices might be obtainable within the occasion of a storm, and the way a lot tools, comparable to coolers and fishing gear, will be carried on the boats. Falcione hopes to carry the ultimate contract to commissioners for approval on the finish of the month.

“I feel it is a good suggestion,” shared Carl Ginsberg, proprietor of The Seashore Store. “I feel it will work as a result of quite a lot of vacationers are coming to Bradenton now and staying within the lodges and commuting forwards and backwards to the island. I feel they’d take pleasure in it and it will be a profitable enterprise.”

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