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OBA's Boggy Point boat ramp closing for at least 2 months

Old 02-26-2019, 11:30 AM
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Default OBA's Boggy Point boat ramp closing for at least 2 months

Released this morning
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The Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources / Marine Resources Division will be closing the Boggy Point Boat Ramp located at the end of Marina Road in Orange Beach at 7:00AM Monday, March 18, 2019 for renovations.
Renovations will include the replacement of the existing finger piers and repairs to the parking area. Renovation activities are anticipated to take place for at least two months; however, weather conditions may impact the completion date. Access to the site by the public will not be permitted throughout the renovation process.
During renovations, the Cotton Bayou Boat Ramp located at 25808 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach will remain open.
Updates will be provided on the Marines Resources Division’s Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/AlabamaMarineResourcesDivision. For additional information regarding the boat ramp renovations, contact Marine Resources’ Director Scott Bannon at (251) 861-2882.
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Ouch, this is going to make an impact.
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:02 PM
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That's not a good time to start that project. You know it will take more than 2 months.
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:02 PM
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Wow. Surprising. The ramp and piers are in really good shape. Remember years ago when it was basically a gravel turnaround with 2 tiny ramps. Its super nice now. Seems like a waste.
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:07 PM
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Alabama has to do something with all that tax money I gave them this year.
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:21 PM
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It takes skill to put a big boat on the trailer there when the wind and tide are kicking. They may be adding deflectors or shortening the length of the piers. They have tried numerous blocking plans.
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Old 02-26-2019, 02:37 PM
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Deflectors would be great. Something like the vinyl bulkhead materials might help with the cross flow. It can definitely be a bitch on a large trailer without guideposts.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:57 PM
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They couldn't pick a different time of year to do this ?????
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by zero_spam View Post
Deflectors would be great. Something like the vinyl bulkhead materials might help with the cross flow. It can definitely be a bitch on a large trailer without guideposts.
DUH...
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Old 02-26-2019, 05:54 PM
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"Hey what can we do to piss off the maximum number of rec boaters in March and April?"
"I got it.... let's close the best ramp in OB for 2 months AKA 90 days."

"Yeah, that will do it"
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:07 PM
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Idiotic but not surprised
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:51 PM
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We'll see if its really going t be done in 60 days. Should have done it in dec and jan.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:26 AM
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Never had an issue with the ramp and to me the piers were in dang good shape the way they were. No the new UTurn lanes is another thing when towing a 30 foot boat behind an F250 Super Crew. It's going to be a real circle jerk now for a lot of guys trying to put in at Cotton Bayou.
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:55 PM
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Yup two Months. The same way they said the Fort Morgan ramp would be open prior to snapper season.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:13 AM
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Family member is an AL DCNR LEO. They were supposed to start in January but $$$ appropriation got delayed, or something like that.
Pilings below water line are shot.
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Old 03-03-2019, 06:23 PM
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My guess is that they have read the discussions here and other media. As a result, the now pissed-off State will find another useful road in the State Park, close it, and then destroy it so it can never be opened. Then, they will line the road to the ramp with wooden posts and rails, far too narrow for traffic with trailers, and then repair the busted posts weekly. They are also hiring a consultant from Michigan who will place a U-turn somewhere in the road to screw everyone.
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:11 PM
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Here's an article from the OBAWebsite.com

By Alabama Marine Resources

February 28, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - The Marine Resources Division (MRD) maintains a number of public boat ramps in coastal Alabama including the Boggy Point Boat Ramp.

In May 2018, MRD staff inspected the piers at the Boggy Point Boat Ramp which were installed in 2006 and discovered that the pilings and the support bracing for the decking were nearing the end of their usable life.

The decision to replace all finger pier structures was made at that time and federal funding from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Program was identified for grant request submission. The funds; however, for this project were not available until January 1, 2019.

During development of the federal grant application and the grant approval process, MRD staff coordinated with US Army Corps of Engineers staff for permit requirements and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Engineering Section staff to redesign the pier to increase the new piers’ longevity and minimize maintenance costs.

The grant award received final approval and became effective for use beginning January 1, 2019. A pre-bid meeting was held with interested contractors January 3, 2019. The final bid approval was received by MRD on February 25th. The total cost for the current repairs (including repairs to the parking lot) is $175,795 of which the Marine Resources Division is responsible for 25%.

“There is never a good time to close a boat ramp in coastal Alabama,” said MRD Director Scott Bannon. Director Bannon added “We did everything we could do prior to the funds being approved to ensure we could begin the repairs as soon as funding was secured.

Our assessment of the pier’s condition was that it was not in the best interest of public safety to delay the repairs until after the summer.” “We will work with the contractor to expedite the repairs to minimize impacts to those who utilize the ramp.”
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