Best Of 2017

Best Mom, Can We Keep It?: Tampa Bay Cross-Bay Ferry

Best Mom, Can We Keep It?

Crossing the bay is often a risky endeavor involving gridlock and sheer anguish. So when political leaders from across the region agreed to join forces and fund a pilot program for a ferry that ran from downtown St. Pete to downtown Tampa, it turned the treacherous cross-bay trek into an absolute delight — and they even put booze on the menu. It's unclear whether the ferry is going to become a permanent fixture, given that some people griped about a taxpayer subsidy, etc. Seriously, ride the thing and then tell us it isn't sheer awesomeness that could really take off if we don't shoot ourselves in the foot for once. —Kate Bradshaw