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Cross Bay Ferry sees strong ridership on first weekend

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Ticket sales for the first weekend of service of the Cross Bay Ferry were strong, with more than 70 percent of the seats sold from Friday night through Sunday evening. Nearly half the one-way trips sold at least 90 percent of the available inventory. The Cross-Bay Ferry ran seven roundtrips over the weekend. “The results are beyond our expectations, and the excitement we’re seeing for the ferry across Tampa Bay is translating into real ticket sales,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick…

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Joe Henderson: Cross-Bay ferry – an idea whose time has finally come

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One Saturday afternoon several months ago, I needed to drive from Brandon to St. Petersburg. As always, I took Interstate 4 to I-275 in downtown Tampa and headed toward the lovely ‘Burg. Most days, that trek would take me about 40-45 minutes, assuming the weather was good, and there wasn’t a wreck at Malfunction Junction or on the big bridge. On this otherwise lovely afternoon, though, the journey took nearly 90 minutes. Was there a wreck? No. Police activity? Nope.…

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High-speed ferry between St. Petersburg and Tampa is a go

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With a 5 to 1 vote, Pinellas County on Tuesday became the fourth governmental body to collaborate on the launching of a high-speed ferry between Tampa and St. Petersburg. The vote cements a deal among St. Petersburg, Tampa and Hillsborough County to link the two counties by a high-speed ferry. The lone holdout was Commissioner Dave Eggers who has opposed the proposal from the beginning. Among Eggers’ objections are a lack of market research on the viability of the project…

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Pinellas Commission appears ready to get aboard the ferry

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Pinellas County commissioners appear poised to get on board a high-speed commuter ferry between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the item during Tuesday’s meeting. If the commission agrees, Pinellas would become the fourth government to collaborate to fund the six-month pilot program. The Hillsborough commission and the Tampa and St. Petersburg councils have already signed on. “If I’m reading the tea leaves, it’ll pass 6 to 1,” said Charlie Justice, chairman of the Pinellas Commission.…

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Rick Kriseman to meet with Bob Buckhorn to talk water ferry

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will get the chance to pitch his ferry service idea to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Tuesday during a meeting at Tampa City Hall. St. Pete City Council recently approved spending $350,000 from money allocated from the BP oil spill settlement on a six-month pilot project. The project, though, depends on coordination with Tampa. The news, first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, is a good sign for Kriseman. Buckhorn has said in the past that…

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St. Pete City Council approves seed money for ferry service

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St. Pete City Council members approved $350,000 for ferry service that would connect downtown St. Pete to Tampa. The funding comes from money the city was awarded as part of the BP oil spill settlement. The move comes as Council members continue to hold off on allocating larger funding proposals from the $6.5 pot. The funding is contingent on funding from other sources including Pinellas County, the state and Tampa. The ferry would run as a five-month pilot during winter months…

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St. Pete City Council to weigh ferry pilot project in December

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St. Pete City Council will talk about whether or not to get behind a water ferry proposal that would cart residents and visitors between downtown St. Pete and Tampa. During a committee meeting Thursday the board scheduled a staff report about the proposed ferry project at the December 3 meeting. At issue is whether or not City Council is prepared to voice its support for allocating city funds to the project. Mayor Rick Kriseman has already proposed $350,000 toward a…

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