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.”