Mayor Jimmy Weekley announced today that work is underway on a state-of-the-art
boat ramp on the Riviera Canal at Eleventh Street.
The project is jointly funded by Monroe County and the state of Florida
in a grant sought by the city. The
Beach Advisory Board, comprised of Emma Cates, chairman; County Commissioner
Wilhelmina Harvey; City Commissioner Merili McCoy; Virginia Panico, Chamber of
Commerce; and businessman Tom Sawyer sought $44,000 from the county share of
boating fees to fund half the project. The
city secured the other $44,000 needed to complete the project from the Boating
Improvement Grant Program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
The Beach Advisory Board is to be commended for its initial attention
to this need for a safe boat ramp in this much-utilized access point to the
Canal, Mayor Weekley said, as is City Commissioner Percy Curry in whose
district the project is located.
The city and county once again have joined forces to pursue available
resources to accomplish an objective that we all agree on, Weekley said.
This is how the people expect their government to work for them.
Work on the project is expected to be completed by November 15, according
to Annalise Mannix-Lachner, director of Engineering Services.
The ramp will be closed for the duration of the project,
Mannix-Lachner said. So we
suggest that area boaters use the Bertha Street or Garrison Bight boat ramps to
launch vessels. Project
Director Joe Pulvino can be reached at 293-6499.
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