In Hillsborough, there’s a downside to the Cross Bay Ferry permanent fix

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The discussion Wednesday is likely to be heated. Supporters of MacDill service have for years been trying to establish service for MacDill workers who live in south Hillsborough.

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Hillsborough County Commissioners will on Wednesday discuss whether or not to move forward with plans to make ferry service across Tampa Bay permanent and whether to add service connecting south County to MacDill Air Force Base.

There’s been a lot said about why this plan is a good deal for taxpayers and serves as a quick fix service to take cars off the road. A survey released this week showed broad support among those who rode the Cross Bay Ferry seasonal service connecting downtown St. Petersburg and downtown Tampa.

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Not to change the topic here:

Plans in the works for return of Cross-Bay Ferry

The Cross-Bay Ferry makes a trip across Tampa Bay during the pilot program in 2016-2017. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wants to bring the ferry back for another season and needs support from other local governments for funding.

CLEARWATER ‘ St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was back before the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners on July 17 asking for their help to bring back the Cross-Bay Ferry for another season.

The city of St. Petersburg and three other government partners ‘ city of Tampa and Hillsborough and Pinellas counties ‘ each contributed $350,000 for a ferry pilot program, which ran from November 2016 through April 2017.

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Cross-Bay Ferry Launches Its 6 Month Trial

Ever since Tony Jannus flew the first scheduled airline flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 1914, people have looked for ways to ‘bridge’ the bay.

Now, for $10 and 50 minutes of your time, the Cross-Bay Ferry can transport you between St. Petersburg and Tampa. Public service starts Friday.

It’s a 6-month pilot program. But if it’s financially successful, the ferry service could become a permanent alternative form of travel in the bay area.

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