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Posted: June 17 2007,17:55

With great fanfare and the best of intentions they created a kayak launch at Morningside Park as an alternative to the cement boat ramp, which gets very little use anyway. This was part of the Biscayne Blueway project. It actually looked pretty good during construction, with a nice sand beach. Alas, all the rain we've been having during the drought has washed away much of the sand and exposed some large rocks that they  just buried rather than removed. The sand also collects more debris than the boat ramp since it's not as slick. Additionally, you can drive right up to the water's edge on the ramp to load/unload and it's a short 40 yard portage for the "beach" remnant.


"Beach" launch at Morningside park.

The water today was glassy most of the morning, which of course means 89 degrees and no wind. I did a total body splashdown about every 15 minutes. The fish were not cooperative- I got one small trout near the boat and he got off, a couple of other small bites and that was it. I did see a manatee and a small sea turtle- about 1 year old.

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Posted: June 17 2007,18:45

RDS

That sure looks pathetic... what's the future look like?
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Posted: June 18 2007,09:08

Save that picture and let's show it to em the next time they brag about supporting kayakers and/or suggest taxing or licensing kayaks.

What an insult...  I can imagine what the boaters' reaction would be if this were theirs.


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Posted: June 18 2007,20:06

Kayak registration isn't much of a Blueway issue, as it's a Miami-Dade Parks project and not state funded. I guess the concept here is that you really don't need the sand on the grass above the waterline, you need the sand below the high tide mark. (The picture was about 2 hours from high tide) In a rocky area, I've seen various plastic or thick cloth over plastic ramps that probably work better. Outdoor carpeting nailed onto a recycled plastic deck would do just fine. Pelican Marina and Crandon Marina (and of  course any kayak access in Bill Baggs) would be more useful areas to have kayak launches since we do compete with motorboats for space there. But it's the thought that counts, right? :p
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