It could be worth the $300 or so to have it that close if you trip 3 times a week. Here is the scenario (sp) from last year's bus schedule.
You want to go to the boat. You need to be at Alvin's island actually just past it toward Treasure Island at 7:10 am and take bus 7 to the College across from Sun Harbor.
You leave the College on bus 4 at 7:30 to go to the City Marina and get there at 8:00. Massalina is a 4 block walk and St Andrews is on the way.
To get home you take bus 4 from the Marina stop at the top of the hour and take 7a to Walmart at the bottom of the hour and take 7b from walmart back to Alvins Island.
The bus only runs every TWO hours on Saturday and Not at all on Sunday.
Watson and any other Bayou to the East would be 4 busses and a lot of walking without a car.
If you do use the bus buy a pass and protect the print and strip with a card case.
If you drive it is still 30 minutes just to go the 5 miles across the water
from Venture Out take Thomas Drive right to Publix and Winndixie and the small West Marine
two doors down from McD's. Half hitch tackle right across road from West Marine
from Venture Out take Thomas Drive left to Walmart.
from Venture Out go across the Hathaway bridge and stay in the right lane to go to the other marinas and stay on 15th street to stop at the larger West Marine. Tell Lise I said Hi.
Jasmine has lunch sushi, 2 rolls and a salad or soup for $10 on the way to Publix and Winndixie
bar across from St Andrews marina is the perfect "Panama City Styled" restaurant. You must eat there once to really understand what Panama
City used to be. Expect plastic and paper not linen. Apalachacola oysters are cheaper in PC than in Apalach.
Uncle Ernies and the Shrimp Boat next to St Andrews Marina are the current
tourist spots to eat.
Have fun, pm me if you want more information.