Boca Considers Adding Water Taxi Service

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Staff report

Boca Raton is exploring adding a new way for residents and visitors to get around— by boat.

The city’s Marine Advisory Board recommends the city permit a water taxi or tour boat service to operate in the city.

Chairman of the board Gene Folden said there are 10 potential stops at various city parks and waterfront locations like Spanish River Park, Gumbo Limbo Park, Lake Boca, Boca Resort and others.

“We are one of the few cities that don’t have this service,” he said.

He said cities including Delray, Pompano, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach offer water taxis or boat tours.

Council members agreed it is an alternative form of transportation they would like to see added.

“The time has come,” Mayor Susan Haynie said. “We have been thinking about this for years. I think it is important.”

The next step would be issuing a request for proposals for interested businesses to respond to.

The marine board recommends the company selected have a boat that can carry at least 12 passengers, operate on weekends and holidays to begin with for at least 10 hours per day and come up with pick up locations and cost.

“It’s all about going on that trip,” Councilman Jeremy Rodgers said. “My kids and many other kids in Boca would love to be out there on the water.”