The Mayport Ferry: A Thing of the Past?

By the close of business on September 30, 2012, State Road A1A could be cut in half, and a historic piece of our island could be lost if JaxPort continues with their plan.

The plan: end funding of the Mayport Ferry, a community boat shuttle that has operated in 1948. Connecting two islands, one of which includes our beach communities, the Mayport Ferry also connects State Road A1A, the coastal highway that parallels the Atlantic coast of Florida.

After spending over $3 Million dollars over the course of four years for operation and maintenance of the ferry, JaxPort wants out.

The result: a community reacting to save something they love. Our staff here at TBO doesn’t use the ferry for our commute to work or see family; however, we’ve enjoyed crossing the St. Johns River to explore the coast in Nassau County. From Boneyard Beach in the Talbot Island chain, to the historic American Beach on Amelia Island, we’ve enjoyed the quick and reliable connection between our island and our neighbors to the north.

Some people do use the Mayport Ferry for daily transit. Whether to get to a job, or spend time with the grandkids, the Ferry has a been a vital link in our community since before consolidation – since before the mighty Dames Point Bridge snatched passengers away in the late 1980s.

As TBO’s Jeannie Greenwald reports, the community is rallying support in the Ferry’s desperate time of need. She also spoke to one family who uses this ferry – every day!

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About the Author

Nick Lulli is a decorated television journalist who has literally been broadcasting since age 4. Nick has worked at Action News Jax; the FOX affiliate in Augusta, Georgia; and the CBS affiliate in Flint, Michigan. He’s the recipient of the 2016 Associated Press Award for reporting two major stories in the great lakes state. From 2011-2012, he co-operated The Beaches Online’s one year trial run. Nick is well known on the First Coast, having appeared on the market’s network affiliates since age 11. As a child, he was frequently seen on the beach reporting on the various tropical storms and hurricanes impacting the state. At age 15, he operated a Youtube news channel aimed at the beaches. He has traveled the country for his work, interviewing governors from multiple states; senators; celebrities; and everyone in between. He gained national attention for challenging Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on multiple occasions for his role in the lead contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan. Nick’s strong suits are law & crime; city government; environment; and, weather.

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  1. Jason Garboznic says:

    I like the ferry.

  2. Art Shmina says:

    I’m going to be angry if they do this!!!

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