Boat ramp to close in sections for repairs

The Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach adjacent to the Anna Maria Island Bridge will see limited use as it undergoes repaired beginning April 23.

The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Departments announced in a press release, repairs should take about six weeks.

The county parks environmental program manager Alan Lai Hipp said crews will replace the understructure and decking of the wood docks at the ramp. The eastern dock section was recently damaged, possibly from an impact by a large vessel or barge, he said.

Other sections of the dock are aged and a decision was made by the parks department to update all of the sections while repairing damages.

The boat ramp will remain open throughout the project. However, at times, one or more of the launch lanes will be closed while work is in progress, said Lai Hipp.

The repair work is intended to keep the docks safe and functional until a major renovation project, which is scheduled for the fall of 2015.

“Boaters and fishermen will have access to the park throughout the repairs,” Lai Hipp said. “We understand how popular the Kingfish ramp is and the importance of keeping it functional while the repair work is conducted. We ask that boaters remember that the ramp will be operating at a reduced capacity and that they should exercise caution when launching or landing their vessels.”

The project cost of $43,862 is funded through Manatee County’s Boating Improvement Fund and the West Coast Inland Navigation District.

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