TAMPA, Fla. - Getting around Tampa Bay during the Republican National Convention could be challenging, because of the tens of thousands of people expected to come to town.
But two local businesses have teamed up to offer an alternate way to get you from place to place.
Tampa Water Taxi has partnered with Rick's on the River, to offer a water shuttle.
Captain Lawrence Salkin owns Tampa Water Taxi and plans on offering his services throughout the convention. Captain Salkin said, "I have the perfect road with no hassles. No stop lights and limited checkpoints."
The Captain's taxi will launch from Rick's on the River, taking passengers to the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. It's a two-mile trip. The boat can hold up to 30 people and he says he'll get you from here to there in 15 minutes.
Captain Salkin said, "We are a simple way for people to get from one point to another in Tampa and especially during the RNC. We feel very happy that we can offer the locals a way to get to work without all the unknown hassles."
Rochelle Lee comes to Rick's on the River a couple of times a month and is considering catching the boat next week. "It will get the people to come in and they don't have to be bothered with the traffic. They'll like it. It's a good spot."
Captain Salkin said, "We're hoping that we can fill the boat for every trip so we ask people to give us a call. Make a reservation and we'll have space for whoever calls and we'll put on as many trips as we need to accommodate them."
Trips start at 8:00 and 8:30 in the morning. The boat leaves the Sheraton to return to Rick's at 5:00 and 6:00 in the evening. It's $25 round trip, just bring a photo ID.
Because of U.S. Coast Guard requirements, passengers will be subject to a search of bags or bulky clothing.
There is limited space and reservations are required. You can call (888) 665-8687 or visit the website tampawatertaxico.com .
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