Friday, January 30, 2009
Probably Not This Year Either
You may recall some of the talk about a Water Taxi Service to Nationals Park. From the very first days of the South Capitol Street location being named as the stadium sight--some fans, some businesses and even some front office staff for Our Washington Nationals have all mentioned the possibility.
With Year Two of Nationals Park close at hand--we went looking for an update. And found out there has been little movement on making a water taxi service to the ballpark a possibility. The District Of Columbia Government has yet to move on even a single proposal for a dock adjacent to the ballpark. In fact, there have been no proposals. With the economy in such a downturn--Ballpark District Development has slowed a bit. Which also means Florida Rock--the cement company located on Potomac Avenue SE--may not be in a hurry to vacate their business property, as planned, to lead the re-development of the Anacostia Waterfront. And if the Anacostia Waterfront project is put off until the economy rebounds--you can bet Florida Rock is not going to want to sit on newly vacant property when their cement business can still churn over dollars for their coffers. That would not be sound business.
As for the potential Water Taxi operators, Potomac Riverboat Company told us they would love to sell The African Queen, me or anyone else wanting a ticket to Nationals Park from Alexandria, Virginia on one of their boats. But only as soon as the pylons begin to be driven for a new dock next to Nationals Park.
So it's probably safe to say: any Water Taxi to Nationals Park is not going to begin operations in 2009--either.
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