Monday, January 18, 2021
Roberto Gonzalez

Owner and founder of Tampa Limo & Car Roberto Gonzalez passed away on December 31, 2020. Rodriguez founded the company in May 2010, which grew to be a well-respected operation in the Tampa region. He was also a longtime member of the West Florida Limousine Association. In addition to his beloved family, he also had a love for boxing. 

Like many operators, the global pandemic hit his company very hard. While his family is grieving the loss of a husband and father, they are also struggling financially as he was the only breadwinner. To help offset funeral costs, a GoFundMe account has been set up by Rodriguez’s sister, Veronica. Condolences to his family and loved ones. 

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Dolphin Transportation President Timothy Rose (left) and Classic Transportation President Ron Doino Dolphin Transportation President Timothy Rose (left) and Classic Transportation President Ron Doino

Fizz Papps and Tim Rose, owners of Dolphin Transportation in Naples, Florida, recently announced their merger with Classic Transportation of Marco Island, Florida. Classic has served Marco Island and the Naples area since 1993 in the leisure and luxury hotel markets. The merger secures Dolphin’s presence in the Marco Island, Naples, Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda, Sarasota/Bradenton, and Tampa markets.

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According to Papps and Rose, Classic owners Ron and Jennifer Doino, along with their team, have built a great brand in Classic, and their goal with the acquisition will be to help expand on their success in the marketplace by using Dolphin’s strengths in fleet and technology. Its current fleet consists of more than 150 vehicles including ADA compliant vehicles, sedans, SUVs, vans, limousines, minibuses, mini-coaches, and full-size motorcoaches.


Dolphin has become the largest owned fleet in Southwest Florida since its inception in 2001 in Naples, Florida. Earlier this year, Dolphin acquired SRQ Services of Sarasota.

Kevin Fitzgerald from NAI Southwest Florida brokered the deal last year.

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South Carolina-based luxury ground transportation provider Coastal Limousine of Charleston recently announced the acquisition of Carolina’s Executive Limo Line.  

As they served the same market and same client base, Coastal Limousine Owner Matt Miller called Justin Bailey and Kelly Klaiber from Carolina’s Executive “friendly competitors” while stressing that both companies shared the same family-owned business model and values. 

Marina and Matt Miller of Coastal Limousine of Charleston Marina and Matt Miller of Coastal Limousine of Charleston

Miller, along with his wife and partner Marina, founded Coastal Limousine in 2014 with a single vehicle. Since then, their fleet has grown to 14 vehicles, and includes everything from sedans to Grech buses. According to Miller, the company specializes in weddings and transportation for corporate events.

Despite the effects of the pandemic, Coastal is anticipating a rebound as they enter 2021. The company is seeing a sold-out spring, thanks largely to weddings, and is booking corporate groups for the fall.

“Marina and I, along with the rest of the Coastal Limousine team, are looking forward to a successful 2021,” says Miller. “We are extremely optimistic about the future and ready to get this temporary setback behind us. This strategic acquisition is one that made a lot of sense for both parties, and we wish Justin & Kelly all the best in their future endeavors.”

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