Special to the PRESS
Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda, Jr. and the Cameron County Commissioners invite the public to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Jaime J. Zapata Memorial Boat Ramp Fishing Pier & Kayak Launch Pad. The event will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Jaime J. Zapata Memorial Boat Ramp located at 44270 State Highway 48. Cameron County is proud to present the most recent amenities, which include the Fishing Pier & Kayak Launching at the Jaime J. Zapata Memorial Boat Ramp. The Fishing Pier is one of few public piers in the Laguna Madre area. Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides stated, “This project is part of the continuing improvements at the Jaime J. Zapata Memorial Boat Ramp. The addition of the Fishing Pier will allow for famlies to enjoy a great place to fish and enjoy the great outdoors and the Kayak Launch Pad will allow kayakers a safe site to access the San Martin Lake.” In 2010 the boat ramp was designated a Texas Paddling Trail by the Texas Parks & Wildlife, allowing for kayakers to launch for the convenience and safety to paddle to the San Martin Lake.
Cameron County Parks & Recreation was successful in obtaining grant funds from the Texas General Land Office CMP Cycle 17 that allowed the development of the Fishing Pier & Kayak Launch Pad. In January 2013, Cameron County Commissioners Court contracted the services of Dos Logistics, Inc. for the design and engineering of the Fishing Pier & Kayak Launch Pad and on July 2014, Cameron County Comissioners Court contracted the services of Alpha Builders Cooperation, Inc. for the construction of the 47 foot by 6 foot lighted fishing pier and 20 foot by 6 foot kayak launch pad. To protect the enviroment and the wildlife the fishing pier will be equipped with Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Bins. Signs will be attached to the recycling bins advising the fishermen to place used fishing line inside bins.
The total engineering and construction cost of these improvements was approximately $124,883; which $74,930 came from the Texas General Land Office and the remaining $49,953 came from Cameron County Parks & Recreation Department.
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