Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Tuesday, Nov, 25, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: November 18, 2009

Construction wraps up at Kingfish Boat Ramp

The deadline to complete improvements at the Kingfish Boat Ramp is less than two weeks away.

Antonio Martin-Zuniga of Oneco Concrete and Asphalt, front, levels concrete Nov. 13 for improvements at Kingfish Boat Ramp. Islander Photo: Nick Walter

Construction has been ongoing for three weeks, and some boaters have complained about a lack of lighting around the ramp, said James Santjer, one of the project workers for Oneco Concrete and Asphalt.

“They just need to know that the lighting is coming back,” Santjer said. “Right now, they can’t see because there’s no lights to put the boats in.”

Walter Sow, project manager from Manatee County, said the lights were removed to install piping for improved drainage around the ramp.

Sow said the construction estimate is $392,000.  There will be 23 additional spaces for trucks with trailers and an additional 17 spaces for vehicles without trailers.

Another improvement will be defined, paved entry and exit drives in the parking lot — no more driving on and off the road along the length of the ramp lot.

But pedestrians walking beside Manatee Avenue could be the real beneficiaries of the project. A sidewalk soon will be finished between the Kingfish parking lot and Manatee Avenue. Before construction began, there was little pedestrian room between vehicles on Manatee Avenue and the Kingfish lot.

The property is owned by the Florida Department of Transportation.

“FDOT is still trying to hash out how they want the curbing connected to the bridge,” Sow said.

Sow said those at the DOT who are associated with the project want to make sure the curb is short enough to allow stormwater flowing from the road to drain over the curb.

Santjer said the only thing holding up the project is the DOT’s decision on if it wants the sidewalk from the Kingfish Boat Ramp entrance to run all the way to the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

Capt. Hank Williams of Wet Willy Charters on Anna Maria Island has used the boat ramp for about 15 years and looks forward to the project’s completion.

“It’s a good protected boat ramp to use 90 percent of the year,” Williams said. “The only time you have any issues is when you have a due north wind. Other than that, it’s a good location.”

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander