Big boats beware at 951 Boat Ramp

— On many weekends trucks and boat trailers may be seen on the side of the road across from the 951 Boat Ramp near Isles of Capri.

Such parking won’t get you a ticket this Memorial Day weekend, but that won’t last long Collier County officials say.

“Parks and Recreation Department Park Rangers will be ticketing vehicles in the future for illegal parking. However, that will not take place until after the project has been completed,” said project manager Clinton Perryman of Collier County’s Coast Zone Management Department.

That means large boats beware because there may not be space for you.

Parking spaces on all boat trailer parking lanes will be about 43 feet. Depending on the length of a boater’s truck, that leaves most boats over 25-feet looking for a different boat launch than the two available at the 951 ramp.

The approximate $1.3 million expansion of the Collier County facility by Quality Enterprises will increase the number of parking spaces from 19 to 86 and is expected to be complete by Oct. 12.

Originally more trailer spots were planned, however to balance boater usage and environmental needs, the county worked closely with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to add a mangrove habitat at the location, Perryman has said.

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JoeFubietze writes:

Wonderful article. Now, please tell me why this article is posted in the Marco Island News. Not once but twice. And I already checked, its not posted in the Naples News at all. I cannot think of anyone on the island that uses the ramp, much less someone that would have a boat over 25 ft on a trailer. Trailers are not allowed to be parked on the island unless they are in your garage or somehow hidden from view from the street, which really limits the size vessel that can be stored on island on a trailer. Seems like a great piece to relay to our residents because we are a boating community, but the boaters on the island either have their boats on a lift behind their home or stored at one of the local marinas. And, yeah, I know there are a couple of people on the island who use the ramp. But just a couple. Might have made more sense to call those 2 or 3 people instead of putting the article in the paper.

MarcoAvenger writes:

It is posted on the Naples web page:

Just had to look.

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