Boat access ramping up on 951

Elvis Morales of Cape Coral goes out for a day of fishing with friends from the 951 Boat Ramp north of the Jolley Bridge near Isles of Capri. Morales says he's enjoying watching the boat ramp expansion in a lot that is often overflowing with vehicles and trailers.

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Elvis Morales of Cape Coral goes out for a day of fishing with friends from the 951 Boat Ramp north of the Jolley Bridge near Isles of Capri. Morales says he's enjoying watching the boat ramp expansion in a lot that is often overflowing with vehicles and trailers.

Elvis Morales of Cape Coral goes out for a day of fishing with friends from the 951 Boat Ramp north of the Jolley Bridge near Isles of Capri. Morales says he's enjoying watching the boat ramp expansion in a lot that is often overflowing with vehicles and trailers.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff // Buy this photo

Elvis Morales of Cape Coral goes out for a day of fishing with friends from the 951 Boat Ramp north of the Jolley Bridge near Isles of Capri. Morales says he's enjoying watching the boat ramp expansion in a lot that is often overflowing with vehicles and trailers.

— 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.

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Comments » 4

artrules writes:

Now if they would just add additional ramps that would be terrific!

fortl writes:

Is anyone aware that when this is completed there will be NO parking for any rig that exceeds 45 feet?
All the shoulder parking will now be fined and no parking allowed.
So with a 20 ft truck this allows a max of 35 for a trialer, and many trucks are longer than that.
What a typical government non-solution
And no with 86 spcaes and NO additional ramps, and charging for access this will be a mess.

fortl writes:

correction of my great math. It leaves only 25 feet for a trialer with a 20 ft truck
Not a very big boat for the Gulf?

PANTHER22 writes:

Just wait until the Goodland boat ramp and trailer parking lot opens. 50+ foot trucks and boats hauling it down Barfield, San Marco & 92a, all streets that are Marco Island's responsibility. At least 70 of these on a daily basis. Now imagine these rigs attempting to maneuver Goodland's streets, particularly on Sundays in front of Stan's. We owe this debacle to the Goodland Preservation Club and lack of judgement by Collier County.

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