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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Update on the Regatta Park launch plans

People love the beauty and tranquility of Regatta Park and as they stroll the park or walk their dogs, they don't realize that on the waterfront, there is a little turmoil regarding launching boats and regattas.

The Regatta Park launch plans were discussed at the last Implementation Committee meeting where Francisco Alonso of Ty Lin Int., Daniel Rotenberg, Director of Facilities, and Asset Management talked about the issue of sea grass being discovered in the ramp area. Ty Lin discussed three possible ways to address the issue without slowing down the permitting process. 

Plan A is to move the ramp slightly west in between the seagrass area where it is clear of marine resources. Plan B is to reverse the ramp east of the current location, and plan C is to redesign the ramp to allow light to not impact the seagrass. Plan C will probably not be allowed as a solution. Plan A might have issues with the Army Corps permit, so the committee agreed to use whatever plan will keep the project on schedule. 

The Seminole boat ramp was discussed as a way to improve public access, both for boats on trailers and for
regatta use. There are three outfalls that contribute to silting and potential polluting of the area. The City will contact the County to try to solve the outfall problems.

The current dinghy dock can possibly be moved south of its current location with the completion of the new dinghy dock for the mooring field boaters. The current road configuration impedes boat trailers both launching and removing boats from the ramps. The circulation of the whole area as well are boat trailer parking needs to be redesigned to improve public access to the facility. Capital Improvements, Asset Management, and Miami Parking Authority will work on a new plan to improve the area. A FIND grant can help fund the design and permitting as well as construction of improvements to the Seminole boat ramp.

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