Just in time for the area’s premier golf event, Uber has started providing service again in Sea Pines.
The ride-sharing company suspended services in the gated community after contract negotiations failed late last month.
Under the new deal, Uber will pay a $2 fee for each trip into Sea Pines to drop off or pick up customers, Evangeline George, Uber spokesperson, said Thursday.
The company previously operated under a temporary agreement at the same price, George has said.
She said service was suspended Feb. 28 when the fee was raised to $6 after on-going negotiations failed.
Sea Pines officials have said the fee was raised when a mutual indemnification clause was removed by Uber from the contract. Such clauses protect both parties from liability. Sea Pines officials Thursday declined comment on the specifics of the new agreement.
That agreement was reached Wednesday, according to a news release from the Sea Pines Community Services Associates. It comes about two week before the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, which runs April 10-16.
That’s good news for folks like Bluffton’s Mandy Rosenberry.
She said she was going to skip the event this year because Uber wasn’t a transportation option.
“I had a really awful experience the year they were busing people from Honey Horn,” Rosenberry said. “I said I would never do that again without taking an Uber.”
A more than one hour wait to ride the bus both ways resulted in cranky children and sunburns, Rosenberry said.
With Uber back up and running, Rosenberry said she now plans to attend the event.
Uber also runs in Hilton Head Plantation, Palmetto Dunes and Shipyard with a $2-per-trip entry fee.