New Manatee County Boat Ramps Could be Coming to the Bradenton Riverwalk and Ellenton
Manatee County may soon see a new boat ramp along the Bradenton Riverwalk… and other one in Ellenton… plus some additions in a couple of other areas…
Manatee County commissioners last week directed county staff to secure the necessary permits and agreements with Bradenton to build a boat launch on the Manatee River.
If it becomes reality… it could become the largest boat ramp available to residents of northern Manatee County.
Palmetto's Riverside ramp is the closest for residents who live north of the Manatee River.
If the City of Palmetto sells the vacant land adjacent to that ramp… Local boaters would lose about 150 parking spots they have using since 2012… that would leave just 18 official spots at the Palmetto ramp.
Aside from the Manatee River boat ramp, Manatee County Commissioners have discussed options to build a boat ramp under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Manatee County is also working to reinforce the road that goes underneath the Fort Hamer Bridge, that project could add an additional 20 to 30 parking spaces at the Fort Hamer boat ramp, which currently offers 18 spaces.
In addition, on the eastern part of the County… The Florida Department of Transportation also is studying whether it's possible to incorporate a small boat ramp with about 20 parking spaces at a new interchange planned for U.S. 301 and Interstate-75 in Ellenton, underneath elevated on-ramps along the road.
On the other side of Manatee County…. Progress is being made to build another 88 parking spots within the Peninsula Bay development near Cortez.
Everything you need to know about current Boat Ramps in Manatee County, is right here: