Popular Pasco County boat ramp damaged since Hurricane Irma to get repairs

Posted at 3:12 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 19:49:46-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A popular boat ramp in Pasco County has been causing quite the chaos as one of the main ramps has been shut down since Hurricane Irma. 

A spokesperson for the county tells us one of the ramps at Anclote River Park has had barricades in front of it since Irma because it is structurally unsafe. 

The park is one of the only main access points to the Gulf of Mexico from Pasco County, so it was one of the busiest places for boaters to dock and load. 

Denny Emery lives in Pasco County seven months out of the year and says it's a waiting game to get into the water.

"When you're docking and loading, you have to have patience," he said. "Don't jump in front of people, and just be calm about it."

Emery usually goes out on his boat during the week, and wasn't expecting a long line on a Monday -- the lines are usually on the weekend. 

"This is the time of year when you need all three ramps," he said. 

The docking area has three ramps -- but with only two of them accessible, it gives boaters only four spots to unload and dock. 

The county says although you can't see construction, it is happening. 

According to the county, they had a delay in fixing the ramp because they couldn't get a bid on it by a contractor. Finally when they did, the cost seemed too high. 

The county negotiated a price with an outside contractor to build a new ramp. 

A $40,000 ramp is being built off location, and will be installed in two weeks, they said.