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MARCO ISLAND — Quality Enterprises is ramping it up at the 951 boat launch and parking area north of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge near the entrance to Isles of Capri.
The near $1.2 million expansion of the Collier County facility will increase the number of parking spaces from 19 to 86 and will accommodate vehicles, boats and trailers.
Elvis Morales, of Cape Coral, said he occasionally meets up with friends to go fishing in the Marco Island area waters, using the 951 boat ramp at least a couple times a year.
Morales was putting his boat in the water at the ramp Wednesday and said the extra parking seems to be needed.
“Each time I come here, it’s getting bigger. It’s a good thing,” he said as he looked out to a parking lot full of trailers by about 8:30 a.m., Wednesday.
Collier County project manager Clinton Perryman said the site clearing and excavation stage of the first two phases of the project are complete, including the installation of below grade soil stabilization and top fill grade materials. Sheet piling for the sea wall system has been installed.
The current stage is the installation of the underground storm water management system.
“Installation of top grading, curbing and asphalt application, the installation of new guard railings, signage, and a new turn lane with street light signalization, and landscaping follow,” Perryman reported.
Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala has said the project was a long time in the making.
The six to seven-year effort received county approval in November 2008. About $850,000 was budgeted in 2003 and a budget amendment of about $318,000 was approved by the county commissioners in late January.
The project is scheduled to be complete by October 12, Perryman said.