by: Catherine Varnum Updated:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The city of Jacksonville is hoping to have its water taxis running before next Friday.
Just this week, Action News has learned the two new taxis finally got their certification paperwork. On Thursday, the city was working on the lease with Lakeshore Marine to be the taxis' operator. Once that's finalized, the Coast Guard can do inspections.
This has been a battle back and forth for months after the previous operator of the water taxis cut ties with the city. Beaver Street Fisheries bought the boats and is leasing them to the city.
Action News called Lakeshore Marine to ask about being the taxis' operator but has so far not heard back from them.
WATER TAXI FIGHT COVERAGE
-Water taxi service shutting down in June
-Water taxis ordered by city start to arrive in Jacksonville
-City wants refund on water taxis; admits mistake in purchasing process
-Boat company owner has no intention of giving city a refund
-Potential deal in water taxi fight
-2 companies bid to run Jacksonville's water taxi service
-Water taxis still weeks away from returning