A Water Taxi Feasibility Study (click here) was prepared in late 2020 by an independent consultant, financed by the City of Sarasota through General Funds and CRA funds. The study looked at zoning issues, permitting requirements, potential docking locations, and environmental impacts.
October 9, 2023
At a Special City Commission Meeting (a joint meeting with the Town of Longboat Key), a proposed Water Taxi was on the agenda. The City Engineer reported that "we intend to request State funding specifically for design and construction of the existing docks at Bayfront Park, Ken Thompson Park, and 10th St."
It is conceivable that the Bay Runner Trolley route could be expanded to link St. Armands Circle with the Ken Thompson Park water taxi stop.
The study also recommends a docking location just off of St. Armands along Ringling Blvd as shown on the map above, but this location was not included in the City Engineer's comments. Perhaps this is because the feasibility study acknowledges that such a docking location:
October 19, 2023
On October 19, 2023, the City Engineer confirmed the following:
Be that as it may, it would not surprise us if this potential water taxi stop were to come in front of the City Commission for their consideration at some point in the future. St. Armands residents with homes near this proposed water taxi stop have expressed concerns about how this might impact them and their properties.
2023 Annual Member Survey
What position would you like our Association to take regarding this rumored Ringling Blvd water taxi stop? (n=151)
November 22, 2023
Illustration from the Water Taxi Feasibility Study: