Soon (perhaps within six months) the St. Marys to Fernandina ferry will be operational, giving cyclists from Georgia and Florida a safe connection across the St. Marys River.
Riders of the East Coast Greenway will have a ferry connection between Florida and Georgia, as well as connections to the Cumberland Island National Seashore.and National Park Service's Timucuan Preserve.
This will enable a much safer, more enjoyable, more scenic route for cyclists. It will also make the beautful and historic area around St Marys, Georgia and Fernandina Beach, Florida an enticing destination for both long-distance touring cyclists and casual, family bikers.
Water taxi gets approval from St. Marys City Council
Mar 17, 2015, 8:25am EDT
Digital Producer- Jacksonville Business Journal
The water taxi between St. Marys and Fernandina Beach has won approval from local government officials in St. Marys, bringing it one step closer to reality.
St. Marys City Council and Fernandina Beach City Council approved the water taxi between the cities for two years,according to the Times-Union. The arrangement comes with perks – St. Marys and Fernandina will both waive dock fees and the cities will collaborate to promote the service.
They will seek out a federal grant of up to $30,000 to help them with the cost of gas.
The water taxi could be up within six months, if all goes well, St. Marys City Manager John Holman told the Times-Union.
One of the major perks of the water taxi is for cyclists, who will be able to travel the East Coast Greenway coastal trail more easily. National parks will also be benefited by the taxi service.
Check out the full story in the Florida Times-Union.
St. Marys agrees to water taxi service with Fernandina Beach
Both cities will waive 2 years of dock fees, seek grants to get service started
ST. MARYS, GA. | Water taxi service between St. Marys and Fernandina Beach moved closer to reality Monday as the St. Marys City Council voted to proceed with two years of subsidized boat service between the two cities.
St. Marys will waive two years of dock fees to help get the service started, as will Fernandina Beach. Tourism offices in the two towns will work to promote the taxi service and $20,000 to $30,000 in grant funding is being sought to subsidize two years of fuel costs for the water taxi startup.
Fernandina adopted a parallel resolution on Feb. 17. Fernandina Beach will act as lead agency in the water taxi bid. Both communities will work on promotion of the service, mainly by using their social media tools.
St. Marys City Manager John Holman said much more work remained to be done, but an optimistic estimate of the projected timeline for the project could see it started in around six months.
A review of benefits of the water taxi project showed:
Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island visitors will be able to make a connection to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
St. Marys visitors and residents will be be able to connect to Fernandina Beach and the National Park Service's Timucuan Preserve.
Both cities will be able to market connections the two Park Service sites via water-taxi, ferry and bike trails from visitor stays in either or both cities.
Bicyclists from Georgia and Florida will have safe connections across the St. Marys River.
Riders of the future East Coast Greenway national coastal trail will have a ferry connection between the states.