Manatee officials to meet with residents on proposed boat ramp upgrades at Warner's Bayou

MANATEE – Manatee County officials are seeking comment Thursday from residents, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts focusing on proposed renovations to Warner’s Bayou boat ramp.

County officials have slated a public workshop for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Palma Sola Elementary School cafeteria, 6806 Fifth Ave. N.W., Bradenton.

They hope to hear what Warner’s Bayou-area residents and local boaters would like to see in terms of upgrades at the launch at 5900 Riverview Blvd.

Originally, the boat ramp was scheduled to close for five months, beginning March 26, for a $728,600 renovation.

But after an outcry from residents, county staffers held a meeting to clarify the proposed improvements.

The majority attending favored only the proposed boat ramp improvements, and opposed other planned improvements, such as paved parking and stormwater runoff areas, pavilions and new restrooms.

Originally, plans called for the boat ramp, floating dock and fixed docks to be entirely replaced and upgraded.

The northern dock would be extended to allow additional mooring.

In addition, a new restroom and fish-cleaning tables with running water were part of the upgrade.

The parking lot was to be resurfaced, with additional parking spots in the lot south of the parking ramp.

As a finale, workers planned to install improved landscaping throughout the facility.

Information, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501.