Grand Opening Held For New Pensacola Ferry Landing

April 14, 2019

A ribbon cutting was held Saturday morning for the Pensacola Ferry Landing.

Located at the head of Commendencia Slip between the Port of Pensacola and Plaza de Luna/Palafox Pier, the new $3.5 million dock and terminal building will serve as the homeport location for two vessels; the “Turtle Runner” and “Pelican Perch” are the National Park Service’s 150-passenger, catamaran-style boats.

The grand opening of the new landing comes in anticipation of Pensacola Bay Cruises beginning service for the recreational season as early as April 19. HMS Ferries, Inc. is  under contract with the National Park Service to operate the boats. Once in service, the boats will transport passengers between Quietwater Beach, Fort Pickens and downtown Pensacola.

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11 Responses to “Grand Opening Held For New Pensacola Ferry Landing”

  1. Mike w family on April 17th, 2019 8:56 am

    I looked at the price once when I was at quiet water boardwalk with my family. I could see paying $100 for me and my family to cruise to Ft. Pickens. Too expensive! A tourist family might do it but not my family. I can fill up my boat and ride all over the bay and gulf for $100.

  2. Diane Capers on April 15th, 2019 7:12 am

    I went on a ferry cruise with a group in October and we had wonderful time! I look forward to future outings on the ferry.

  3. Sergio on April 14th, 2019 4:49 pm

    Just another wasteful project.
    Just give bureaucrats some money, and watch them waste it.

  4. tg on April 14th, 2019 2:04 pm

    Love Boat To Nowhere.

  5. t on April 14th, 2019 2:03 pm

    If it would work the last company from North Carolina would still be in operation.

  6. Sedition on April 14th, 2019 12:29 pm

    I’ll swim across before I take that tug.

  7. Jim on April 14th, 2019 8:52 am

    What a wasteful money pit. Are these some of the same folks who wanted taxpayers to fund the disastrous passenger train scheme?

  8. Thomas on April 14th, 2019 8:32 am

    Sorry to say this will not last a year.

  9. Dangelo on April 14th, 2019 7:07 am

    Another worthless project that WE the taxpayers will be responsible for. We don’t have a year-round climate nor the lack of participation to validate such a waste of money. It privatized now but it will become a local government bail-out within 3 years.

  10. Randy on April 14th, 2019 6:46 am

    $3.5 million wasted on a service that has done failed once. Seems like that BP money could’ve went to better use.

  11. James on April 14th, 2019 4:18 am

    Whoever sold this idea for approval in the first place could sell fertilizer to a chicken farmer! There is a reason for a new vendor after the inaugural season – exaggerated anticipated traffic turned into lackluster actual traffic. At approximately $20/ticket, the service may make sense for a single person wanting to avoid Blue Angels weekend traffic or driving intoxicated, but not any other time when it’s only a 10-minute drive across the bridges. Likewise, to expect a family of four to shell out $80 for the service is economically unrealistic.