As the number of passengers on Poseidon Ferry’s Miami-Miami Beach route, which now numbers around 120 to 150 passengers per day, continues to increase, CEO Johnathan Silvia plans to add service to Coconut Grove in January.
With the help of Irene Hegedus, head of county transportation improvement, the company is working on a mooring deal at Dinner Key Marina, just behind Town Hall.
âThere is immediate access to the cart system,â said Mr. Silvia, âand we have good partners in Freebees, so there are many ways to get you where you want to go. “
The ferry service coordinates well with ground transportation options, he said; for example, the Miami Beach streetcar service picks up passengers one block from Alton Road from the Poseidon docking site on West Avenue.
A deal to buy a second ferry failed when a survey found it to be in much worse condition than advertised, said Silvia, âSo we’re still actively researching. But it looks like we can start the service by the end of January.
He said the trip to Coconut Grove would likely run three times a day “until it spreads.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Silvia continues to fine-tune the schedules to reflect demand. Ridership is now roughly evenly split between commuters and tourists, he said. Out of respect for vacationers, weekend service begins later and continues later into the night.
Pleasure cruises are back on the calendar.
At 1 p.m. on December 19, the popular Sailing with Santa cruise will once again embark on a two-hour cruise around Biscayne Bay with Santa and his elves. The $ 20 fare (infants under 2 sail for free) includes a photo with Santa, a snack of milk and cookies, and an advance gift from the North Pole.
Tickets are going fast, said Silvia. Call 833-44-FERRY for reservations.
In January, an event for New Years Eve and, later in the month (date to be specified), Doggy Day on the Bay, for canine sailors and their human friends.
Details: poseidonferry.com or 833-44-FERRY.