THE RAMP

PLANS MOVE AHEAD FOR RESTORATION OF OUR DOCK IN TRAILER ESTATES. HARRY IS ABOUT TO COMPLETE THE SEVEN PAGE APPLICATION AND SUBMIT IT TO THE BOARD. IT SEEMS THAT Harry WANTS TO USE THE DOCK INSTEAD OF THE MUDDY BEACH TO LAUNCH HIS BOAT.

HARRY SPLETT, 941=751-6064, IS MOUNTING AN EFFORT TO REOPEN THE CONCRETE RAMP BY THE CANOE, KAYAK RACKS. HE TRIED TO REOPEN THIS RAMP THREE YEARS AGO BUT THERE WAS NO FOLLOW UP ON HIS APPLICATION. HARRY FEELS THAT THE BEACH IS TOO MURKY AT LOW TIDE FOR LAUNCHING HIS BOAT. "YOU MIRE UP TO YOUR ANKLES IF YOU WADE OUT BEYOND THE SAND".

(EDITOR'S NOTE):
I HAVE NEVER TRIED TO LAUNCH A KAYAK FROM THIS DOCK.


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From: Kay L Hislop
My reasons for not opening the old ramp are that the thieves use it to steal our kayaks. They sneak up the canal, cut the chains and slide the vessels down the ramp because they are less visible and tow/paddle them out to their tow vessel or lug them up the other side of the canal and put them in a white truck.
This has happened on three occasions and I'd hate to see it repeated by making it easier for them to launch stolen property.
It is also not as easy to step into a floating kayak in the canal where no one would see the solo paddler if he/she were to fall.
Kay

From: Shirlee Angerame

I agree. I dont want to make it easier for the thieves.

Shirlee

From the web master

I was in favor of cleaning out the old ramp but the girls are right and since I will never use the ramp, and in fact, I find the ramp perfectly serviceable as it is, I will not register an opinion.

Dudley

From: Claude Massengill
THE RAMP: Mary and I are renters and therefore will not voice (?) an opinion on the ramp situation. But having said that I for one chose to stand up to criminals and not allow myself to be directed by them:) Claude Massengill

THOUGHTS ON CUTTING PROTECTED PLANTS.

a. Applicability. A protected tree is defined for the purposes of these LURs as a woody, self-supporting plant, having a mainstem or a cluster of mainstems and having a diameter at breast height (4-1/2 feet above ground) of four inches; a tree is further defined as a plant which at maturity grows to at least 15 feet high in the Manatee County area. Also specifically included are the following regardless of size:

Rhizophora mangle (Red mangrove)
Laguncularia racemosa (White mangrove)
Avicennia germinans (Black mangrove)
Conocarpus erecta (Buttonwood)
Group of four or more trees which may have trunk diameters of less than four inches but which constitute a compact unit or grove covering 50 square feet or more in area.

The trees listed below are exempt from Tree Removal Permit requirements and are either prohibited from planting or not creditable toward tree replacement or landscaping requirements:

I WILL TRY TO FIND THE SOURCE OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION.(DUDLEY)