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Marina launches water taxi service

. - GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - There's a new way for you to get around on the water without having to buy a boat or even rent a watercraft. Another benefit: it could cost you less than a taxi and take you less time than driving.


It's a type of water taxi service, which can be used by locals and tourists alike, and starts at the Marlin Quay Marina.


The marina has a deck that overlooks the water in Garden City. While sitting in the outdoor rocking chairs or by the patio tables, you can see across to the Marshwalk. However, many people vacationing in the area don't have a car to drive there.


That's why the new owners of the marina decided to step in with a different type of transportation.


“We were basically thinking outside of the box and wanted something so the people on the Garden City side could go over to enjoy the Marshwalk. It's a nice feature to the community and we just wanted to have better access,” explained Chris Lawhon with
the Marlin Quay Marina.


Better access by building up a boat service to get you from one point to another while ferrying you across the water. 


“It takes the community staying over here in Garden City that are renting and don't quite know about the Marshwalk, don't know how to get there, they can see it. So we just say ‘Hop on the boat and we'll take you over,'” said Lawhon. 


For just $8 each way, the vessel is up to the codes of the Coast Guard and can carry up to 23 people. You will be guided by a Master Captain. 


“Everyone who gets on the boat with us gets a free appetizer coupon for Wicked Tuna,” Lawhon said as he talked about an exclusive agreement between his marina and the restaurant. 


If you happen to celebrate a little too heavily while enjoying the Marshwalk, this provides a safer alternative for you than driving.


“It's a nice environment to be in and you don't have to worry about driving if you have some drinks and food and it's a safe return back to the Garden City side,” Lawhon pointed out. 


He said there is no other service like this in the area.


“It's a costly adventure but I think it is something that is worthwhile for the Garden City side and for Murrells Inlet. It is something we thought was needed and it'd be a good asset to Murrells Inlet, the Marshwalk and the Garden City area all together,” added Lawhon. 


The marina plans on seeing how the service goes this summer before expanding. You can call ahead or simply show up at the Marlin Quay Marina between 4 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.


In addition, the marina recently started sunset cruises. The hour-long trip takes you from the marina, through the inlet, and around jetties. The boat leaves around the sunset each night and costs each person $25. 

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