Cleveland Metroparks Water Taxi up and running in The Flats just ahead of the RNC

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CLEVELAND - The Flats East Bank has completely transformed in the last few months and one of the newest additions is the Cleveland Metroparks Water Taxi which is up and running just in time for the RNC.

"The resurgence down here, you come down here and it feels like you are on vacation. It's a completely different flats from what it used to be," said water taxi captain Micahel Bobincheck.

"The main purpose of the water taxi is to connect our trail system, but people are using it as a connector to get across the river."

Bobincheck steers the Cleveland Metroparks Water Taxi from the East Bank of the Flats to the West Bank and back 4 days a week.

"We wanted to time the opening water taxi with the resurgence of The Flats, the new restaurants, the RNC, it's all one big picture."

During the week of the RNC, the water taxi will have extended hours and will run every day that week.

"Look at what's going on, all the new restaurants, the new clubs, all the people who are moving to this area. It was absolutely paramount to be open in time for the RNC."

Rossi Penney is managing partner of the East End restaurant and bar, not far from where the water taxi stands. "They dock their boats and come in, you can have bottle service, private event."