St. Petersburg, Fla. – There’s a new perk for guests staying at the Sheraton Sand Key (SSK) on Clearwater Beach.
Guests and employees of the hotel can now ride Pinellas County buses and trolleys for free when they show drivers their room key or employee badge.
With more than 216,000 visitors a year, the Sheraton Sand Key is the first resort hotel on Clearwater Beach to participate in the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) corporate pass program, or C-Pass for short.
SSK General Manager Russ Kimball said, “We want all our guests to have worry-free transportation to enjoy the full Clearwater vacation experience. We have some of the longest tenured employees on Clearwater Beach and have a culture of creating programs that support their needs. This win-win relationship with PSTA means happy employees interacting with happy guests; this mantra has been the hallmark of Sheraton Sand Key for the last 42 years.”
Successful transit pass programs are becoming increasingly common in local communities with routes that serve both public workers and tourists.
“This partnership demonstrates the value that public transportation brings to any industry,” said PSTA Media Liaison Ashlie Handy. “We are providing a transit experience for locals and tourists to enjoy all year round.”
Hotel guests and employees stand to benefit from the new program as high tourist season on Clearwater Beach adds to longer commute times and less available parking.
All 350 of Sheraton Sand Key’s employees are encouraged to ride PSTA to work as a way to promote the service to their guests as well as take advantage of the expansive benefits of riding public transportation which range from public health to household finances.
The one year contracts grants guests and employees unlimited access all PSTA buses and trolley’s including the Central Avenue Trolley in St. Petersburg, the Suncoast Beach Trolley, which runs along Gulf Boulevard, and the Jolley Trolley.