MAYPORT, Fla.-- Next time you board the St. Johns River Ferry, keep your eyes and ears open. Someone will be prepped and ready to tell you about local history.
"Anything that will keep the ferry in business is a wonderful idea to me because I love the ferry," rider Joni Dake said.
The ambassador program is a fairly new concept. After volunteers go through the training course, they're cleared to ride the ferry with regulars. As the vessel travels, they'll describe the history of the area and point out local landmarks.
"I think they'd be more apt to share those experiences with family and friends. Hopefully one person tells someone else who tells two more and two more and give reason to come down and experience it for themselves," General Manager Mark Fernandez said.
The ferry saves riders about 27 miles in travel. On one side is Hecksher Drive. On the other is the village of Mayport, which dates back to 1562. Most look forward to hearing more about its decorated past.
"I'm in favor," Dake said.
Ambassadors are set to start their first tours on Saturday. Fernandez encourages everyone to take part.
"Come on down to the ferry and give us a try."
The next training course wil be July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mayport Community Center.