Cross-bay ferry no more, for now

- A unique way to get from Tampa to St. Pete will be no more. The cross-bay ferry will not return after this year.

St. Pete's mayor says the main reason is the dock will be under construction for the new pier.

Last year, the ferry was very popular and was estimated to bring $1.2 million to businesses in both cities.

St. Pete, Tampa, Pinellas, and Hillsborough all went in on the project last year and they actually got some money back from it. 

Mayor Kriseman says pier construction and lack of grant funding is also to blame for it not returning. 

"How are we going to pay for it?" Kriseman asked. "It was way too popular."

Kriseman says the ferry was so successful last year, he's hoping the private sector will step up to fund the project in 2018.

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Cross-bay ferry no more, for now
  • Suspected drunk driver flees after fatally hitting pedestrian
  • Winter Haven man kills woman over non-existent voodoo book
  • 14-year-old dies after Port Richey shootout, deputies say
  • 7 people ejected after SUV loses control
  • Man shot after catching juveniles breaking into his car
  • Alert issued for missing Tampa man
  • Alert canceled for missing child from Orlando
  • Police locate parents after wandering child found in Bradenton
  • Pinellas County teen arrested for school shooting threat