The Mandeville departure point is already set, on the site of the former pre-stressed concrete plant near Sunset Point, though the plan still needs to be approved by city officials. Mandeville officials have been supportive of the venture in the past, even offering Sunset Point as a possible embarkation point for the ferry service.
Schild said he's also looking at an eventual northshore departure point in Slidell.
He says the proposed ferry will now use jets, instead of propellers, to protect wildlife like manatees.
The ferry should be able to cross the lake in about 40 minutes and shuttles will be waiting on the south shore to take commuters to a variety of locations in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.
Schild is hopeful he can have the initial service up and running this fall.
"If everything works out, it will be in September or October."