There could be a new water taxi stop near Charleston's Waterfront Park and the City Market, under a plan the city is working on with the State Ports Authority.
City Council agreed Tuesday night to an agreement that would allow for construction of a floating dock on SPA property along the Cooper River immediately north of Waterfront Park, with a gangway connection to the park property.
The city hasn't yet identified funding to build the 12-foot by 50-foot dock, at an estimated cost of up to $175,000, and there's no agreement in place with a water taxi operator, but the agreement secures a location for the dock.
The city would pay $5 for the open-ended lease, which SPA could end with 90 days' notice. "It's just one step along with way," Mayor Joe Riley said Tuesday.
The goal is to have a water taxi dock closer to the City Market and the downtown area.
Currently, a privately owned water taxi service operates between the city's Maritime Center near the South Carolina Aquarium and Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.
In other business at the council meeting, a resolution was approved calling upon the state to change lifeguard requirements at public pools so that they are based upon the number of swimmers rather than the size of the pool.
The city has been closing part of its Martin Luther King pool rather than post the five lifeguards required based on the pool's size.
Council also approved a short-term bond refinancing, borrowing nearly $1.9 million to pay off an earlier short-term loan that paid for the Sofa Super Store site where nine firefighters were killed and where the city plans a memorial.
Voting against the borrowing were Councilman James Lewis, who called it a waste of money, and Councilman William Dudley Gregorie.