ferry service

Ferry service now up and running

Ferry service now up and running

The Pensacola Bay Cruises ferry service is set to sail into the peak season and Joe Asebedo, the general manager of Hornblower Maritime Services, which runs the ferries for Gulf Islands National Seashore, is hopeful to see the bulk of its business between May 17 and Aug. 15. “That’s the expectation,” Asebedo said. Read the […]

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

Concessioner selected for Pensacola Bay Ferry Service

The National Park Service and Hornblower Maritime Services (HMS) have signed a 10-year concessions contract for operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. A startup date, schedule, prices and other details will be announced as soon as they are available. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

Shutdown taking toll on national parks

The barricade at the entrance to Gulf Islands National Seashore says it all. On a beautiful sun-splashed, 70-degree January afternoon, when visitors would normally be out enjoying all that Gulf Islands National Seashore has to offer, there is silence instead, save for the sound of a bird chirping or the waves washing on shore. Read […]

Ferry service set to begin this week

Ferry service set to begin this week

The long wait is almost over. Ferry Service in Pensacola Bay is scheduled to begin Friday after the National Park Service and Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. signed a contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises. “We’re excited to start working with Gulf Coast Maritime Services Inc. and begin the Pensacola Bay Cruises service,” […]

Docked once again

Docked once again

Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, the two boats that will be used to anchor Gulf Island National Seashore’s ferry service in Pensacola Bay, are unwrapped and out of dry dock. But the boats won’t be leaving the dock just yet. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Ferry service close to its starting point

Ferry service close to its starting point

Large piles of dirt rest where a future dock facility will one day sit in downtown Pensacola. The two ferry boats, Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner, are still wrapped and dry docked. Gulf Islands National Seashore will soon have its ferry service in Pensacola Bay in operation, and it will be the culmination of what […]

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Future of Fort Pickens Road at mercy of Mother Nature

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown watched the track of Hurricane Irma closely. He does it every time there is a major storm because he knows it could signal the end for Fort Pickens Road. “The roads we manage are subject to damage, if not complete destruction,” Brown said. “We’ve seen it happen again […]

Ferry service aims to provide more than transit

Ferry service aims to provide more than transit

West Ship Island in Mississippi was used as a model when plans went into motion to bring a ferry service to Pensacola to transport people to and from Fort Pickens and Pensacola Beach. “We relied an awful lot on the history and knowledge of their successful ferry service in designing the service here,” said Dan […]

Boats that will be used for ferry service arrive in Pensacola

Boats that will be used for ferry service arrive in Pensacola

As the two ferry boats made their way into the bay late Saturday afternoon, the excitement began to build. Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown has been waiting a long time for the boats to arrive. And while the ferry service from Pensacola to Fort Pickens and Pensacola Beach won’t begin until next spring, […]

Start of ferry service docked again

Start of ferry service docked again

Bids for the operator of the ferry service planned for Pensacola Bay were in short supply and construction bids for the docks were limited as well, leading Gulf Islands National Seashore to hold off on starting up its service as planned in 2017. Delayed once already – a decision was made in October to start […]

Ferry service delayed until late spring

Ferry service delayed until late spring

Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown joked on Monday morning that people have wanted a ferry service in Pensacola Bay for 50 years. Their wait will be over soon. It’s just going to extend a couple of months longer than expected. Slated to begin in March of 2017, service to Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and […]

All aboard: Ferry service coming in 2017

All aboard: Ferry service coming in 2017

Pensacola is one step closer to having a ferry service. Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown announced Thursday the National Park Service has awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of two 150-passenger catamaran ferry boats to All American Marine in Bellingham, Wash. Ferry service is expected to begin in March of […]