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Old 01-06-2008, 12:59 AM   #1
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Two months ago there was a flurry of discussion about lanuching ramps on Perdido bay, when Hurst Hammock was closed.There are no viable ramps for upper Perdido Bay and the River system. The Country put out a letter requesting property for sale which would be satisfactory. A "selection Committee" (I have been trying to find out who is on it and what their expertise is) was formed. On Dec 24 the PNJ described the properties submitted, and I list them below, along with my comments to Robert Turpin:The paper ranked the locations as follows:</DIV>1. 3.5 acres on Interarity Point Road on Tarkiln Bay,near Curzat Way (is this on the bay near Bayou Garconor ICW?--notclear from the paper) Theonly chunk of land I am aware of there is where thecondos were going to be built on the ICW--thereare homes on the Bayou Garcon side of Curzat. The Galvez ramp has currents which make launching both difficult and hazardous--this is also at least 16 miles to the upper Perdido Bay area)</DIV></DIV>2. 2.9 acres on Bayou Chico near Mahogany Mill (This is near the under utalized country paid for ramps at Pensacola Marine Shipyard. It is 30 miles to upper Perdido Bay from Bayou Chico. There is the no wake zone of Bayou Chico.)</DIV></DIV>3. 1.7 acres on Riola Place (Heron Bayou) (All of these locations are very small, on shoal water in residential neighborhoods--not at all satisfactory)</DIV></DIV>4. 1 acre on Weller Pl on Bayou Grande (25 to 30 miles to upper Perdido Bay)</DIV></DIV>5. 1 acre on Weller and Aileen Ave. Bayou Grande (25 to 30 miles to upper Perdido Bay)</DIV></DIV>6. 0.5 acre Riola Place, (CC&amp;R--may strike it from the list)</DIV></DIV>7. 5 acres on Interarity Pt.Rd along Tarkiln Bay (Not sure where this is--but if on Perdido Bay, it may be a good possibility)</DIV></DIV>8. 0.5 acre Riola Place, Perdido Bay (All of Heron Bayou, Perdido Bay is very shoal to the shore, plus subject to chop if on the bay)</DIV></DIV>9. 26 acres near Meadson Road and Tarkiln Way (mostly wetlands)</DIV></DIV>The canal on Riola is very narrow--barely enough room to turn my 18 footer around in it. The depth in the canal is OK, but the entrance to the bay is what is shoal.Any area directly on the bay is too shoal. Even including these residential lots seem like folly.0.5 acre is not enough to consider for a ramp and parkingeven without the other problems with the shoaling.The current ramp on Heron Bayou is dirt, only room for half a dozen rigs at the best, shoal and under the 98 bridge with limited clearance--not a good ramp)</DIV></DIV>Since Hurst Hammoc has closed, recreational fishing on upper Perdido Bay has almost stopped. I live on Bayou Marcus, andwe don't see any boats fishing this area at all. The potential of a ramp on upper BayouMarcus at the EUCA site, is also unrealistic, because of shoaling of the bayou, wetlands where parking would be located, and snags. The entrance to the bayis less tha 15" deep at times.</DIV></DIV>I would appreciate any input from other members on the potential sites (esp #2 &amp; #7) and if they are viable for ramps. We also need to look ourselves for sites for ramps. I am taking my boat and exploring the various parts of the bay which might have potential, as well as driving the side rodes looking for "for sale" signs. </DIV></DIV>We all need to contact our county commissioners about this need. There is 55 miles of fishable river and Perdido Bay in Escabmia county's West side, which is totally neglected by the country's powers. They need to be aware of our problems. I will try and speak at the committee of the Whole meeting on Jan 17th (if allowed) where this subject is susposed to be presented.</DIV></DIV>I was on the Marine Resource Committee for 4 years and chair for 2 of those years, and we struggled with trying to find ramps then. The Bayou chico ramp was obtained during this term, as well as several others on the Escambia River. We need more ramps--the property will cost more next year than this year. The contry and city have not been friendly. Several of us had obtained a commitment for $2 million in Federal gas tax rebate, for transcient docks in down town--it was turned down by the City Council a few years ago--that money is what was used for Tampa's recent marina re-developement. A portion of our boat registration fees is susposed to be used for ramps in our county--lets be sure it is used wisely! </DIV></DIV>Bob Austin</DIV></DIV>
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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OK, I have been invited to sit in on the "selection committee's" meeting on Thursday, the 10th.

Please send me any thought's about other locations for ramps on Perdido Bay, river system. I have looked at all of the above locations both by water and land. The nearest is 16 miles from the mouth of Perdido River.

This is a chance for our input to the County. If we don't come up with ideas, then we cannot blame the county if they act in their best interests, rather than those of us who use the waters!

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What happened to the talk of a boat ramp/pier near Bronson Field, off Bauer Road?



I do know some folks have approached the Nature Conservatory organization that control the land along Perdido River. Basically they were told, no way its ours..... Now if the County approached them in an official capacity, then they may have better results. That is the Counties job, so tho speak. I would guess, the old Hurst Hammock boat ramp was probably the most used ramp in the county.



There is some land near Hurst Hammock boat ramp that IP still owns that could possibly be purchased/or granted. It would take a little dredging, and planning, but not that much.



What about something on 11mile creek? IP may owns some of it and they have totally screwed up the water quality of the creek and Perdido Bay................ so they do owe us!!



As for the 26 acres near Meadson Road and Tarkiln Way (mostly wetlands) I'm guessing its: 08-3S-32-1101-000-002 BAROCO JAMES H JR & BAROCO 28.



This is right around the corner from my house. The problem I see is both roads in, go past Jim Bailey and Hellen Caro Schools and thru a residential neighborhood. I'm sure some people would not be happy.


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I would guess, the old Hurst Hammock boat ramp was probably the most used ramp in the county.


Naw, Navy Point is the most used, but granted Hurst Hammock was used a lot. Hurst Hammock was used mostly for the 14ft to 20ft boats.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:10 PM   #5
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shoot i bet galvez has had it's fair shair of boats!!!!
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:51 AM   #6
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Dockmaster, I will relay your comments to this selection committee.

Thank you. I did drive by the Meadson Road and Tarkiln Way parcel and what you have outlined appears to be the one. Although it is "wetlands"--it is the same terrain and elevations (for the most part) as some of the adjacent homes on the bay. We all know that "wetlands" arenot always consistant. The traffic would be mostly during school times, butmany of the ramps are accessed thru neighborhoods. That objection will be both valid, and often present.

I have not heardanything more about the Bronson field--but would be much better than other proposals. Thecounty attempted to work with the Navy in the past, but itdidn't work out. There is800 feet ofproperty withhomes on it for sale right next to the Lillian Bridge, whichafronts onto 98, but it isexpensive.The nature conservancy owns from 90 to Hurst Hammock--a huge amount of land-from the tax records.

I have also looked at 11 mile creek and the IP property by both boat andcar. I agree that approaching IP would be an excellent idea. Road access is currently difficult in this area. Alonzo Rd (acessable via Saufley Pines Road) seems to have a gate toward its end, so I suspect it is private property. I have taken a boat 2 miles up 11 mile creek, so it is navigable to this road head. The Northern side, is all IP land, and that seems to be in limbo, since a part of it would be "wetlands" if IP were to go ahead with the latest plan (blocked by the most recent law suit). Beulah Rd is narrow and marginal, but does access the North Bank of 11 Mile Creek, near the same place as above, 2 miles from Perido Bay. I have checked the tax records, and there are several different owners along Alonzo Rd, and IP on Beulah Rd.

I have launched and retirieved a 28 foot, 10,000 lb boat on a tripple axel trailer from Hurst Hamock--so it was capable of substantial boats at the right tides. It might be good to check and see if any other property in the Hurst Hamock area is available.The majority of parcelsleft there are small. But again, this is a remote neighborhood, and there may be objections. On the other hand, there are security issues in remote areas, so no place is perfect.

Surprise, surprise, as I was running the county GIS map along the shoreline, I found that there is a county owned park, listed as 1.67 acres next to the Pensacola Christian College boating center (South of 98,accessed by Spanish Moss Drive or Perdido Manor Drive). This is waterfront which is described in the County Parks section as:"Perdido Manor is one-half-acre undeveloped park located at Perdido Manor Subdivision in Perdido Key area. There are no recreational amenities at the site at this time!" This has about 62 feet on the water, 165 feet on Perdido Manor Road, and sides of 695 and 584 feet (approximately over 1.5 acres). I am not sure about the status of this park and if it is available for boat launch, but the water depth seems OK, there is no developement--and I don't know if there are any restrictions, but it affronts a current boat launch beach. So how many other waterfront parks are available? (for example Lakewood Park iks not, since it is owned by the citizens of Lakewood subdivision, deeded to the County.) But this, plus Lexington Terrace Park, should at least have Kayak launches.

The Escambia Co property GIS map is at: http://pa.co.escambia.fl.us/website/...2S311011004001 This makes for some interesting "reading" looking at the rivers, and shoreline--as well as for property and ramp sites.

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Old 01-10-2008, 12:56 AM   #7
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To clarify....

The county published a "Request for Letters of Interest" for any properties county wide that owners might be interested in selling if it had boat ramp possibilities. The RLI was not limited to nor meant to only consider ramp land that would solve the now total lack of Perdido River access. http://www.co.escambia.fl.us/departm...D07-08_012.pdf

Many of the posts in these links also have some good site suggestions for Perdido River and Bay access.

http://forums.pnj.com/viewtopic.php?t=27667

http://forums.pnj.com/viewtopic.php?t=415

http://forums.pnj.com/viewtopic.php?...blic+boat+ramp

http://forums.pnj.com/viewtopic.php?...blic+boat+ramp

I especially like property number 36-2S-31-1014-000-000 right off the end of Bay Forest Drive from the south.
The water looks deep close to shore there which is tough to find anywhere on this side ofPerdido Bay.

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I would guess, the old Hurst Hammock boat ramp was probably the most used ramp in the county.
Naw, Navy Point is the most used, but granted Hurst Hammock was used a lot. Hurst Hammock was used mostly for the 14ft to 20ft boats.
That is the biggest problem. those of us with smaller boats that like to fish perdido river and the mouth of the bay no have no where to launch in florida. sure we have the ramp at dogtrack rd. but if i want to fish the river i have to make sure that the bay is not to rough for my 17ft boat. those of you that fish offsore with big boats have nice, well placed ramps to use. we do not. not trying to separate the big boats from the small boats but that is the problem. atleast thats my .02.
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Thanks, I have printed out all of the comments and linked comments. Also printed out some of the plots. The 36-2s-31-1014 is definately interesting--the major problem--as are many of the parcels, is that there is a large of wetlands. There is probably some high and moderate bank on the uplands part of this property (by 11 mile creek)--but may not be right on the bay.

I also walked the Perdio Manor property--again lots of wetlands, and it appears as if the drainage of the nearby "creek" may have been diverted. Still could be a small boat launch.

Too bad that the county does not have foresite! They are always buying and improving when the need is urgent, rather than being proactive and being ahead of the need.
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I'm not an envioremental engineer but I think there are ways around the WETLANDS issues when people automatically start screaming WETLANDS the minute you look at land near the water. Granted their are concerns, but its not the major road block the layman thinks it is.

People are building houses next to the water and the world famous Bill Dixon International Park, with world class boat ramp was just built in WETLANDS. LMAO..............Well mabey thats why no one uses it, they dont want to disturb the wetlands!!





Ive been all the way to the school busses on 11 mile in my 24' with t top and it was no problem. I'va also been all the way up Bayou Marcus without much of a problem. The County could do a little dredging at the mouth if they need to and mark a channel.



I would just like to see the county do something for the boaters, and the smaller guys derserve the same amount of government support as the larger boats. I never launched at HH and probably never will, but the time I have been up the river, there are alot of boaters, and they come from somewhere.



I can remember building a boat ramp at the old CG station on Fort Pickens. All it took was a few cases of Miller, the Chief on leave , some oyster shells and that metal sand matting. Done in a day!!:banghead



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