Belleair Boat Ramp Park closing
By LORRI HELFAND
Published February 14, 2007
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - A popular boat ramp and fishing spot off the Belleair Beach Causeway will shut down next week to allow for construction of a new causeway.
Belleair Boat Ramp Park at 3900 West Bay Drive will be closed to all vehicles, boats and pedestrians for 2 1/2 years.
The inconvenience is unavoidable because the park will be used as a staging area for construction, said Mary Burrell, a county spokeswoman. Traffic to and from the beach will not be disturbed because the new bridge will be built north of the current structure.
The $72.2-million, 1.67-mile causeway will replace two existing bridges: one that spans the Intracoastal Waterway and a second, smaller bridge that goes over a relief channel.
The 5-acre park, which opened in 1965, has seven docks, eight boat ramp lanes and about 150 parking spaces. About 797,000 vehicles visit the park each year.
Where to launch
Try these other county-run ramps in mid & south Pinellas:
Park Boulevard Boat Ramp Park: 18651 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores
War Veterans' Memorial Park: 9600 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg
Fort De Soto Park: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde