3 There's been another delay in bringing a new water taxi downtown. The city council isn't yet on board with the City of Jacksonville buying new boats to re-start the service. Channel 4's Scott Johnson was at tonight's council meeting... he joins us live. the mayor's office told us last week it was ready to cough up almost 340-thousand dollars to buy two new boats... but now the city council is saying not so fast... they want more of a chance to review re-starting the water taxi. 3 00-0526-311'21-1'26The mayor's office wanted a quick fix to problems with the water taxi downtown... but the city council doesn't have the same view. Just last week - the city announced its plans to purchase two new boats to replace the water taxis ... after the former vendor of the service pulled out of jacksonville.The mayor's office wanted the funding for the new boats passed immediately as emergency legislation ... but many on the council don't feel the water taxi constitutes an emerency.DENISE LEE 4:26:37 - don't send the message to the public that it's an essential service because it isn't. It's an amenity that helps that is used when we are marketing jackonsville. And that's good, there's nothing wrong with that.the council wants more time to debate the price tag for these two new boats...and whether they are in fact needed with city dollars. City councilwoman denise lee isn't so sure.4:35:00 - the city of jacksonville are we going to start operating water taxis? If someone gets on a boat and falls off are we going to be liable? I think those are some of the questions that are germaine. the council voted down the emergency proposed by the mayor's office 12 to seven... and now the council will have some time to take a closer look at being in the water taxi business.KIMBERLY DANIELS 4:39:08 - the message that's being sent is that we all make mistakes, that's the message. We sending message that we doing something open- minded ... two wrongs don't make a right. But we have the power to make it right. 3 Now the next step is the council will review the money and determine whether to move forward - but the issue won't go back before the full council again until June 24th - which means - no water taxis - until at least then. Scott... if the city does eventually approve funding for two new water taxis...what's the status of finding a long term contractor?