Plans for a single taxi service at Norhtwest Florida Beaches International are over

By: Amber Southard Email
By: Amber Southard Email

Panama City Beach - Plans for a single taxi service at the new Northwest Florida Beaches International are over. The airport authority began considering the proposal several months ago.

Local cab companies were relieved Thursday after airport authority board members decided against awarding a contract for passenger transportation to a single cab company.

Airport Executive Director Randy Curtis told board members he didn't feel the proposal was necessary any longer.

"The companies have worked very hard to improve the situation and we are receiving no complaint's today," said Curtis.

Prior to soliciting bids for a single vendor, airport authority board members adopted new regulations for cab fare's and driver standards. The local drivers say they're pleased with Thursday’s developments.

"Well all of the cab drivers out here are really thrilled to hear that they have made the right decision to keep jobs local and the people who are working presently," said Linda Hastings, driver Ride On Taxi & Limo driver.

While Hastings says she's glad that all the taxi cab companies still get to run from the airport there's still some standards they need to up hold.

"One of the reason's they were willing or wanted to bring in an outside company was because of the dress code. We definitely have one and their not enforcing it and their not enforcing conditions of cars. I think if they make the particular step that everything will work out exactly the way they planned it even without bringing in another company," said Hastings.

The board briefly brought up how Phoenix Contractor James Finch says the board still owes him $5 million.

The argument is still going through mediation and will be discussed November 16th at the next board meeting.


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