3 3 3 An update now on the Jacksonville water taxi saga. There are still NO boats in service...and the city still hasn't received its money back for the two taxis it ordered. But the city is confident a private buyer will take possession soon and the boats will return to the St. Johns River. Channel 4's Jim Piggott is live from the Southbank where the water taxis are suppose to be operating... Jim? 3 this taxi is now being stored out of the water.. as it waits for coast guard inspection and actually waits for an owner.. the city refused delivery and a second is still set to arrive in a few days... But Mayor staff says they are not worried about getting money back..We showed you nearly two weeks ago how because a private business is stepping in and paying for them.. and will lease them to the city.. but that has not happen yet.. it should though very soon 3 00-1018-2547-53Keeping the water taxis from sinking in Jacksonville has been a chore for the Mayor office. The hasty deal of buying two boats for 340 thousand dollars sunk when the council balked at the idea.. The head of Beaver Street Fisheries Harry Frish stepped in and said he would buy the boats and lease them to the cityhe is in the process of buying those taxis and the owner of those taxis is returning the money to the city. So we are working though that process now and expecting that will occur in the next few days.But the deal is not that simple and lawyer are working though the red tape.. the city does not really want to be in the water taxi business and the head of Beaver Street fisheries is only doing this as a favor and plans to eventually sell the boats to another company which would run service for the city the .Councilman Matt Schellenburg is helping to broker that deal for Harry FrishHe asked me to engage in the process to see if we could work out untangle all of this stuff. i think the city has been pretty responsive other than sending the letter they have been accommodating to see the process work its way though. And I think this is all good.But schellenberg says it could take some time before we see all the money come back to Jacksonville. the second boat still has not be delivered and so far there have been no inspections. the city will hire an temporary operator to handle the taxi until a permanent company can be found .. I asked if they can expect service before the fourth of July Holiday which is a major event along the riverI tell you fingers crossed we sure are working towards that .We really want that as a goal . I am really hesitant to say but we are working really hard to make that happen. Piggott: Hopefully in a few weeks..? Oh absolutely I can't imagine it would be long than a few weeks Today the city sent out request for companies to summit bids to run the service... that could take six months.