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Frog Hop free transportation service continues to make the call, answer the call

By Mackenzie Palmer

That loud “RIBBIT!” you hear on Siesta Key isn’t from some enormous amphibian invading the island.

Rather, it is your free neighborhood transportation service announcing its presence via its custom frog horn and large Frog Hop logo.

According to operating manager Tina Limber, who now owns and operates the business with her brother William, the Frog Hop was born in December of 2017 when founder Gary Kompothecras wanted to help reduce traffic on the island and simultaneously provide safe transportation for residents and visitors. Hence, the shuttle service was born and along with that came an easy and inexpensive way to get around Siesta Key.

“We get them home safely,” Limber said, “I’ve had drivers get out of their buses and walk people to their door to make sure they get home safely.”

That kind of commitment is no accident.

“The Frog Hop drivers are part of a handpicked team of local drivers to ensure you receive the best experience and free ride service to get you where you’re going safe and on time,” Limber added. “The drivers all have information regarding Siesta Key and Sarasota. The Frog Hop is an amazing way to explore the area and a perfect way for out-of-town guests to see the sights along Siesta Key.”

The Frog Hop is a free transportation service; however, Limber suggests passengers tip the drivers because they don’t get paid. 

“The drivers pay for their gas and reimburse a percentage back to the company to help reimburse company expenses,” Limber said. 

Unlike Siesta Key’s trolley, Frog Hop passengers don’t have to be standing and waiting in a designated area until their ride arrives. Passengers can just call and say where they are, how many people they have, and where they want to go. 

“We pick them up and take them anywhere on Siesta Key for a tip. We are a door-to-door service,” Limber said. 

In addition to providing a creative, safe, and efficient way to get around, the Frog Hop is also available for events such as weddings, business meetings, concerts, or just a night out on the town. Call to charter one of the Frog Hop vehicles for your next outing.

Also, the Frog Hop provides rides to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

According to its official website, the Frog Hop fleet of vehicles includes open air trolleys and 20-pluspassenger vans.

How is the Frog Hop different from other transportation services?

“We have music, air conditioning, we give out information, wrist bands, and we’re just engaged with our passengers,” Limber said.

Be aware of imposters, however.

“There are other people out there using the Frog Hop name and they’re giving us a bad reputation by charging or being rude,” Limber said. “So, you really need to make sure that if it doesn’t “ribbit” it’s not a Frog Hop vehicle.”

Meanwhile, if you have an upcoming event that requires a mascot, the Frog Hop mascot is available for an hourly charge of $50. It will appear at adult parties, kid parties, live events, and any type of group gathering.

The Frog Hop’s normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. However, Limber said, “If the phones are ringing, we will stay out until the streets are quiet.”

Limber shared a story from a couple of months ago when she dropped off 18 people at the Village’s Beach Club on a Wednesday night.

“They were going out at 10:30 p.m. and the Frog Hop usually stops operating at 11 p.m. I knew it would be hard for a party of that size to get an Uber home at 1 a.m. in the morning, so I told them if they want to get home by 1 just call me and I’ll come back to get you,” Limber said. “The group called me at 12:55 a.m. and I came back and brought them all back to their condo.”

This is just an example of the drivers’ willingness to work with passengers to ensure everyone gets home safely. 

Indeed, Limber confirms such a commitment.

“If people talk to us, we will wait,” she said. “We’ve gotten out of bed to pick people up. I take my work phone home with me so I can answer it if I need to. I’ve gotten out of bed for people that really needed a ride.”

This creative mode of transportation is available rain or shine, and all you must do to schedule a ride is call 1-844-FROG-HOP or 1-844-376-4467. The website address is froghopsiesta.com.

Brion Palmer
Author: Brion Palmer

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