UberBOAT Struggles With Bureaucracy, Weather, And Too Much Demand

UberBOAT service was nearly shut down last week due to red tape, and then couldn’t keep up with demand.

On launch day, bureaucrats from Dade’s Department of Environmental Resources Management closed Uber’s dock behind Related Group’s Paraiso Bay. DERM warned Related that the dock was an illegal structure that needed to be removed.

The company quickly found an alternative at Sea Isles marina.

Even with an alternative site, the service was forced to shut down early on the first day due to rain. On other days, many users were greeted with a message that the service was unavailable (just six boats were in service.)

UberBOAT is expected to return during Art Basel next year with expanded service.