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Clearwater Beach ferry service set to launch

If Memorial Causeway transforms into a mile-long traffic jam this weekend, don't panic. Beginning Saturday, there will be a new way to get to and from Clearwater Beach: via ferry.

Using a boat called the Harbor Hopper, the ferry service will make four trips per day between a dock at the western end of Drew Street in downtown Clearwater to one at the Sea Stone Resort, 445 Hamden Drive, on Clearwater Beach.

Although the ferries will leave every two hours at first, there's a chance they could leave more frequently if demand is high.

"If it requires more, then we'll do more," said Bryan Monroe, operations manager of Clearwater Ferry Service.

The trips will cost $1.50 per person each way.

Ferry service also will be offered from the Drew Street dock to Caladesi Island. The round-trip charge will be $6.95, plus 50 cents admission to the park.

Here is the schedule for the ferry service:

From Sea Stone Resort to the Drew Street Dock: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

From the Drew Street dock to the Sea Stone Resort: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

From the Drew Street dock to Caladesi Island: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

From Caladesi Island to the Drew Street dock: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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