published: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Veterans Beach boat ramp to close for two weeks for maintenance
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING - City Administrator Scott Noethlich announced Tuesday morning the closing of Veteran's Beach boat ramp beginning Thursday.
Dredging of the boat ramp's channel will begin Thursday and is expected to take approximately two weeks. The ramp will be closed throughout the schedule dredging time period.
"There's about a 250 feet long channel and it's about 40 feet wide that is going to be dredged," Noethlich said.
The council gave the go-ahead for the project at the March 5 council meeting while the City Pier dredge hole project was still taking place.
The new project will remove the fill from the channel, which was originally constructed in the late 1980s. Approximately 1,700 cubic yards of fill has accumulated in the channel and will be removed.
"We will dredge to the specifications that are allowed in the maintenance ordinance," Noethlich said. "The soil will be pumped up onto the property, to the right of the ramp, near that grassy area. It has to be pumped above the high level water mark."
Department of Environmental Protection and the state regulate how and where the soil from the channel must be placed.
City officials are aiming to keep the entire beach open (just closing the ramp) to visitors while the project takes place.
"It's trying to be done to the effect of just the closing of the ramp. We want to try to keep it open to sunbathers and swimmers.
"They (engineers) indicated that they could do the work around the beach area and visitors," Noethlich said.
The city will give word when the project is complete and the Veteran's Beach boat ramp is re-open.
The dredging work at City Pier Beach has been completed, however, the beach is still closed at this time.
"The work is done, but it's not open to the public just yet," Noethlich said.
"We have to allow time for settling."
Since the dredging of the hole has been completed, Noethlich said the swim area has been effected. The change to the swim area calls for more permitting from regulating entities.
"The old area where the beach is now is changed. The swim area is going to change from a distance perspective, and because the water levels are so low right now, the shoreline has changed a little also," Noethlich said.
Noethlich is currently waiting on possible permitting confirmation so that, if necessary, swim buoys can be placed in the designated areas of the beach and the lake.
The city is working to get the beach in top shape for the warm weather season to welcome swimmers, sunbathers and boaters to the beach again.
No date has been set for the opening of City Pier Beach at this time.
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