A ferry terminal is preliminarily planned to be constructed on land donated by Mosaic just north of Apollo Beach, with a parking lot accommodating at least 1,200 cars. Commuter ferry service from there to MacDill Air Force Base would mean military personnel living in the South Hillsborough County area could avoid commuting on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
"Permanent, regional ferry service in Tampa Bay is almost a decade in the making, but until now, our region has yet to make it a reality," the nonprofit's website says. "Enough talk. Time is ticking away as the entire area continues to experience tremendous growth and development, and Tampa Bay cannot wait any longer to deliver reliable, cost-efficient, and sustainable community resources that we know will deliver results."
Doran said in an interview that the South Hillsborough County terminal would have a substantial economic impact. A public-private partnership agreement spelling out who would pay for the service — and how much — hasn't come to fruition yet. Hillsborough County Commissioners Michael Owen and Joshua Wostal voted not to procure a new ferry boat at a February Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority meeting.