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New Boat Ramp For Veterans Park

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DeSoto County commissioners held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new boat ramp at Veterans Park in Arcadia. The ramp is on American Legion Drive, Arcadia, off Highway 70.

On January 29, 2021, the DeSoto County BOCC Parks Department was awarded a Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) Grant through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to relocate and improve the DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park boat ramp.  The design includes the construction and installation of a new, two-lane boat ramp with a concrete floating dock, retaining walls, 3 storm-water retention areas, and a paved parking lot with connecting sidewalks.

The new location of the boat ramp is at the far east end of the park down by the public restrooms.  Completion of this project will result in safer access for boaters, provide ADA wheelchair access, and a parking lot.

DeSoto County also invested an additional $570,000, which included in-kind services.