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Ferry linking Miami to Miami Beach to cast off this month

Written by on August 3, 2021
Ferry linking Miami to Miami Beach to cast off this month

Poseidon Ferry, Miami’s long-awaited waterborne commuter service, plans to resume hourly trips between Miami and Miami Beach on Aug. 16, and CEO Johnathan Silvia says he expects smooth sailing ahead.

The ferry, which was launched at the end of last November, “had a good run for about a month and a week,” he said, before the second wave of Covid-19 forced a temporary shutdown.

A bureaucratic oversight prolonged it.

“During the shutdown for the pandemic,” Mr. Silvia said, “it was brought to our attention that the downtown location lacked the required Class 1A Marine Facilities Annual Operating Permit, or MOP, from the county’s Department of Environmental Resources.

“It has finally been resolved. They issued the permit, and the city and county gave us the green light to resume service.”

On the downtown Miami side, the ferry docks on the Miami River Bay Walk, directly outside the river entrance to the James L. Knight Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel. In Miami Beach, it arrives and departs from the south side of the Bentley Bay Marina, 520 West Ave.

During the hiatus the engine was overhauled to ensure that the ferry continues to meet its schedule.

A ticket for the 16-minute commute is $3; weekly 10-Trip Hopper and monthly 40-Trip Hopper ticket packages are available. Florida residents, seniors, military personnel and passengers with disabilities can ride at discounted rates on individual trips; children 12 and under ride free.

Special events help to keep commuter rates affordable.

“Events for Halloween and New Years Eve are in play,” Mr. Silvia said. The vessel is also available for private charter.

The current Poseidon Ferry is a 65-foot 2012 Scarano Catamaran Ferry with a passenger capacity of 149. It features a fully climate-controlled interior, full galley, restrooms, television and free onboard wi-fi.

Poseidon is currently hiring more staff. As passenger demand gains, Mr. Silvia said, new routes and additional vessels will be added, in fulfillment of the company’s mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable waterborne transportation services to residents and visitors throughout Miami-Dade County and Southern Florida.

“Next,” he said, “we’re setting our sights on Coconut Grove.”


9 Responses to Ferry linking Miami to Miami Beach to cast off this month

  1. Will Gordillo Reply

    August 4, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Nice to see this new transport mode restart and thinking of expanding to Coconut Grove. Has there ever been a transportation study considering the viability of using a Vaporetto like connection in Miami-Dade that starts at the Miami Airport near the existing Airport Rental Car Facility/Transportation Center just north of the Melreese Golf course? That type of transportation option would not only be scenic but would take passengers down the Tamiami C4 canal through the scenic working Miami River with stops along the way like the Little Havana riverside area, the medical district, Downtown Miami and Brickell. Maybe a private company like the one referenced in this article would consider such a route. It makes sense to connect the airport, rental car facility, metro rail, tri-rail and water taxi/ferry service all in one place. The locals and tourist would love this additional marine transport option. With talks of a soccer stadium at Melreese and additional development in the area, there should be a master plan to make the area around the airport transportation center a hub for all kinds of transport connections and a destination all its own.

    • Mary Reply

      August 4, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      Excellent idea

  2. Gerry Reply

    August 4, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Will there be room to bring a Bicycle aboard? Extra Charge?

    • Paul Reply

      August 6, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      Same question I had!

  3. Donna Reply

    August 4, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    We are SO looking forward to the return of this service! Only 16 minutes for trip! Driving and parking are just too crazy in this area! I have been walking by terminal every day checking updates

  4. Desiree Reply

    August 5, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    We live on Biscayne bay boulevard .
    Excitement about this mode of transportation was our highlight .
    However, this has become a cheap party boat, loud music , disturbing the peace of residential buildings, people getting off buying alcohol and getting back on .
    This city has no resident concerns at heart.
    So do not wish this to your city at all.

  5. Yolanda Garcia Reply

    August 7, 2021 at 10:47 am

    I cannot wait for this service to begin. I live on the beach and live in Brickell and the traffic is horrendous!! Big THANK YOU to the city for getting this going!

  6. Justin Reply

    August 7, 2021 at 10:51 am

    It’s about time Miami! I can’t wait until they start trips out to the Grove!

  7. Gail Reply

    August 7, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Back in December I used this service weekly to pick up my niece. The the trip only took 15 minutes each way and the crew was outstanding. I am thrilled that the service is returning. I will be purchasing tickets today!

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