Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Northern Boat Ramp Finds Future

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Northern Boat Ramp Finds Future

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Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

A long-anticipated boat ramp on the north end of Amelia Island is on the verge of reality, while a nearby abandoned dredge soon may be history.

Nassau County commissioners March 24 approved the final pieces of a $2.3 million budget to pay for the construction of a boat ramp on 30 acres on the Amelia River.

County officials also said they had received two bids that came in under the $476,000 the county received last year from the state to remove the dredge, which was abandoned in the river 15 years ago.

The March 24 vote on the budget paves the way for the ramp project, which will include three ramps, a fishing pier, floating docks, bathrooms and a parking lot. If it comes to fruition, it would be the result of 10 years of lobbying by boaters who say the ramp is needed to relieve overcrowding at the island's other launch sites.

"After 10 years of hard fighting, I'd like to thank the commissioners for what they've done tonight," said John Daniel, spokesman for the Nassau Sport Fishing Association. …

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