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Work On 11th Street Ramp Underway; Mayor Cites  Cooperation Between City And County (September 28, 2000)

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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 Commission.

“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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