- Folks will not want to walk long distances once they reach any of the locations.
- Walk from Ft. Pickens ferry dock to the Gulf
- Walk from Plaza deLuna to Palafox Place
- Walk from Boardwalk to Casino beach with beach stuff
- The initial price points I have seen make driving and paying $1 still look way too attractive.
- The long ferry rides to the beach will also make driving shorter
In 2008, Al Coby put forth the ferry service idea much as it is laid out above. In the memorandum to Council, Coby states:
"A concession and restroom facility is currently under construction at Plaza de Luna and an RFP was planned to solicit a concessionaire to operate and maintain the facility. Staff (city) is proposing that the concession contract for the concession building at Plaza de Luna include a ferry operation which would be berthed at the South Palafox marina. The ferry ticket operations are compatible with the concession operations as is frequently the case with ferry operations along the Gulf Coast."
Coby Ferry Concept
In 2009, the CRA solicited concessionaires for the small concession at Plaza de Luna. The contract states:
"In the event that marine services (ferry, dinner cruises, etc) are secured and become operational at Plaza de Luna...the CRA may request operator to mutually re-negotiate some terms of the agreement to facilitate landside operations of the marine activity (ticket sales)"
Concession Contract Includes Ferry Service
So, fast forward. The National Park Service is buying the ferries. We already have the ticket booth. This is a slam dunk no cost proposal for Pensacola right?
Gonna use some federal grant HIGHWAY money to spend $ 1.837 million on a ticket facility and docks at Commendencia Street slip.
In four years, Pensacola will have a second (2nd) vacant transportation facility (AMTRAK station) while we continue to lose concessionaires at Plaza de Luna because you can only sell so much without adequate seating and limited kitchen facilities and no other purpose...such as ferry ticket sales as originally planned.
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:10 AM
To: Eric Olson
Subject: Pensacola Bay Ferry System update