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County to host Coquina boat ramp meeting

Manatee County officials planned to host a meeting on planned repairs to the South Coquina Boat Ramp at the launch site, 2651 S. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.

The meeting was to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, after The Islander went to press.

Representatives from Manatee County Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources and Property Management departments were scheduled to answer questions about improvements and repairs to the ramp.

Plans include:

• An expansion of the shell parking lot and stormwater runoff system. The number of designated trailer parking spaces would grow from 18 to 49.

• New turtle-friendly lighting and native landscaping.

• The concrete ramp or apron leading into the water will be extended to better serve boaters and to help direct stormwater runoff away from the ramp.

A news release said the county will fund the work with money from West Coast Inland Navigation District and Florida Boater Improvement Program.

Construction dates haven’t yet been identified, but when the boat ramp is closed, boater may use the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach, as well as boat ramps at Warner’s Bayou and on the Palma Sola Causeway.

For more information, call the county at 941-748-4501.

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