Plans for a water taxi stand at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston have been floated for many years.

Now, it’s a reality.

This morning city officials marked the official opening of a $419,237 floating dock at the end of the t-shaped pier.

The dock will serve as a stop for Charleston Water Taxi Company, a privately-owned company that shuttles passengers between the city’s Maritime Center near S.C. Aquarium and the Charleston Harbor Resort in Mount Pleasant.

Funding for the dock came from funds received from online travel companies, city officials said.

A water taxi stand has been included in the S.C. State Ports Authority’s plans to build a new $35 million cruise terminal at Union Pier and revitalize the surrounding area.

Those plans, however, has been halted due to a series of lawsuits challenging the impact of the new cruise terminal.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said today that the dock was built with the possibility of being moved to another location.

“When we plan and achieve the redevelopment of Union Pier in the southern part, the taxi stop might well be located where the old terminal is and in some fashion,” Riley said. “That’s why this was done ... it’s not temporary and not solid. You can easily pick it up and the gangway can be removed.”

Plans for the water taxi stand at Waterfront Park has been mentioned for the last several years. In 2009, Charleston’s Park and Capital Projects Department applied for a permit from federal regulators for a floating dock.

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