Labor Day excursion

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Josh Self of Bradenton and Megan Della Costa of Palmetto prepare Sept. 4 for an early Labor Day excursion on the water, departing from the newly reopened Palma Sola Boat Ramp. Manatee County closed the ramp on the Palma Sola Causeway/State Road 64 in January 2019 after assuming responsibility for the amenity from the city of Bradenton. The county deemed the ramp unsafe and announced repairs would cost about $56,338. Improvements included removing 185 cubic yards of sand and silt near the ramp, as well as replacing and lowering the adjacent docks. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff