Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Goodby's New Ramp Delayed; It's the Latest Setback, Equipment Broke

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Goodby's New Ramp Delayed; It's the Latest Setback, Equipment Broke

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

A piece of broken equipment will add yet another delay to the grand opening of the first new city ramp in 18 years.

That means the $1.6 million Goodby's Lake boat ramp on San Jose Boulevard, which began construction with a mid-2004 groundbreaking and has faced problems ever since, won't open until after Thanksgiving.

City Public Works Department spokeswoman Marcy Cook said the department hoped to open the ramp at 9020 San Jose Blvd. this week, but problems installing its dock have held that up.

"They still need to do pile-driving for the dock, and the subcontractor's cranes broke, so they are in the process of getting the part," Cook said. "For all intents and purposes, everything else we need to get the dock finished is done."

City Councilman Art Shad, whose district includes the boat ramp, said he really wants to get the ramp open after 17 months of anticipation and problems.

"It is frustrating, but that is the city's dealing with contractors: forever frustrating," Shad said. …

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