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August 2017 Update: Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility Improvement Project

Aug 19, 2017 10:45PM ● By Paul Spear

Contact: Marguerite Elicone O: (619) 686-6281 C: (619) 787-6391

The Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility is currently operating with one lane open during a major improvement project to provide better access for boaters.  After the Labor Day weekend, it will be completely closed from September 5, 2017 through the completion of construction, currently anticipated in March 2018.

Alternate boat launch facilities are available.

The Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility Improvement Project has been underway since May 30, 2017. Since then, the contractor has begun the removal of the west jetty and installation of a cofferdam - a watertight enclosure that is pumped dry to permit construction of the new concrete ramp.

All new piles and concrete wall panels for the project are currently in fabrication off-site. The closure beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017, will allow the contractor to continue jetty removal operations to make room for the new concrete breakwater and walkway.  

When complete, the new and improved boat launch ramp will be easier to navigate and will include these improvements:

• An enlarged maneuvering area in the basin
• Longer boarding floats
• Public walking platforms with viewing areas
• New signage and lighting
• Docks, public walkways and restrooms that are up to current ADA (Americans with  Disability Act) standards

For the complete list of alternate boat launch ramps in San Diego Bay and adjacent areas, please visit the Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp Facility Improvement Project web page.


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Paul Spear, Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 



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