Skipjack ramp improvements approved

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island City Council returned to their regular meeting schedule after the Island’s busy month of March. Members tied up recent business to prepare for the busy summer season and began discussion on new projects including an agreement for improvements to the Skipjack property on West Swordfish Street.

The City Council entered into an agreement with Skipjack Properties at 211 West Swordfish St. to allow for the expansion of their existing boat ramp that will carry over the existing property line and into the public right-of-way. The current ramp is considered narrow for today’s standards, therefore, after the extensive permitting timeline, which is driven primarily by regulatory permitting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Skipjack owners intend to construct and operate two side-by-side boat ramps to accommodate larger boats and provide better access to the Laguna Madre. Permitting, engineering, and construction is likely to take at least a year. In the interim, which is expected between the next 30 to 60 days, Skipjack owners intend to make modest improvements to the enlarge the bay access until the two ramps can be completed. Fees will be charged for use of the ramp.

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