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grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by swamp runner » Sat May 14, 2011 6:43 am

i saw a new airboat ramp being built just north of grape hammock on lk. kissimee, does anyone know when it will be open?
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by broncobill » Sat May 14, 2011 8:33 am

Shady oaks not sure if it is open yet but according to previous post it should be. Do a search on shady oaks.

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by swamp runner » Sun May 15, 2011 7:35 am

i did a search, and nothing.can you post a link pls.
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by BradWeihrauch » Sun May 15, 2011 5:01 pm

Ramp is not done. Going to be a while. Danny Brantley (Big Gobbler) is staying on top of it and reports the opening in the monthly KRVSA newsletter. This has been a big deal. They completely screwed the ramp up, and are having to redo the structure.

http://www.theledger.com/article/201105 ... /110509442

Click and paste the above link, or go to www.theledger.com and search Shady Oaks believe the official name will be Coleman Landing at Shady Oaks.

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by swamp runner » Sun May 15, 2011 5:13 pm

thanx for the info , i hope they work it out soon.
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by cntry141iq » Sun May 15, 2011 6:38 pm

how many years they been workin on access at that area ... all because they sold the existing acces to sweeten the deal to the developer that bought it .. you ever tried to get a permit for a boat ramp .. thats why sfwmd sold the existing one .. no normal person could ever jump through all the hoops today ... but that is just my opinion and airboats don't need ramps open the airboat area and work on the kicker boat area .... duh
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by Hanktech » Sun May 15, 2011 6:56 pm

We Ate Lunch there about a Month ago. The Ramps looked done and the Picnic Pavilions are done.
It looks really nice there, they need to get rid of the Lilly Pads so regular Boats can use it, It was no problem for Us with the Air Boat though.

I hope they do open it up for Camping soon, looks like a nice place to spend a few Days.

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by nomad41 » Sun May 15, 2011 7:51 pm

Yea the ramp looks done. But the contractor didn't
Countersunk the bolts below the boards. You would
Tear up the bottom of your boat. They were suppose
Have corrected it. But they didn't.So now they have to
Find somebody else to correct the issue
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by Hanktech » Sun May 15, 2011 8:40 pm

You would think they would open everything except the Air Boat Ramp until it is fixed anyway.
There really is no reason a Airboat could not be launched and loaded at the regular Boat Ramp.
Really no different than using Camp Macks Ramp.

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by swamp runner » Sun May 15, 2011 9:02 pm

Hanktech wrote:You would think they would open everything except the Air Boat Ramp until it is fixed anyway.
There really is no reason a Airboat could not be launched and loaded at the regular Boat Ramp.
Really no different than using Camp Macks Ramp.
i agree totally,and why can't they get the people who just put the a/b crossings in just north of there a ways fix that ramp.oh yeah , thats where politics come in and screw everything up.
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by cntry141iq » Sun May 15, 2011 10:26 pm

hell no .... that would common sense and be cost effective ... two things you will never ever find in a goobermint contract ... They spent years doing a study for the feasibility of a boat ramp there when it was next to the old one ... ROFLMAO
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by Daddy Dave » Mon May 16, 2011 6:47 am

The new and improved, easy to use and nearly unused airboat slide ramp on Istapoga Canal should have been the design criteria for Shady Oaks -- it works and is simple -- no need for expensive concept re-design or consultant services ....

But NOOOOOOO - SFWMD had to have a new, untested, unproven design that uses jagged limerocks around the narrow slideway so that an airboater CAN'T just slide up the grassy lakeshore and load. Simply an ABSURD waste of tax payers dollars.

BTW - The ramp has been tested and it will work - it is unrealisticly narrow and any operator error will put a boat on jagged rocks.
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by cntry141iq » Mon May 16, 2011 3:26 pm

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

ya gotta love em .. and folks wonder why this country is in debt so far ... this is just a tiny state agency compared to our federal goobermint

same theories apply just bigger numbers
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by Rich Andrews » Mon May 16, 2011 3:39 pm

Yeah, Big Daddy even put his initials on the pavement :lol:
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by Daddy Dave » Mon May 16, 2011 3:47 pm

You don't have to tell everything you think you know, Stetson. We have others on here who excell at that ......
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by BigJakesrq » Mon May 16, 2011 4:23 pm

$849,532 to build a ramp that isn't built right..... yeah that sound like a govt. contract to me. After working over here in the sand box you have no idea just how much money we waste on useless projects I see everyday. While things that are needed to help support the troops and the important missions are put to the side.

Something as simple as getting a fan belt can take up to 2-3 months if you ever get it at all. Meanwhile there are brand new(multi million dollar) buildings being built on bases scheduled to be closed down(handed over to the Iraqis) anytime now. No they are not building them for the Iraqis either, they were for the US military, but the contractors took 2 and 3 years longer to finish after there deadline dates. Instead of fining them or getting the money back they are just letting them finish the projects so they can get the rest of there money for a build we will never use. Did I mention I can't get parts to fix my crane that I use to support the military every day of the week......

Despite all of this I'm still glad to see a place that is being built for airboat use in mind....... but I must agree a grass bank would have been cheaper....... how much is a couple pallets of sod going for these day, maybe I'll pitch my idea to the next big government contract. I think I could build a "green ramp" for about 500,000. Depending what sod..... I mean environmentally friendly low friction ramp marital is going for. :scratch:

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by Hanktech » Mon May 16, 2011 6:39 pm

Yeah I can vouch for Goverment waste, I work for local Goverment and see the waste all the time. We are in the middle of Cutbacks, Layoffs Etc.
But they somehow came up with 650,000 Dollars to redo Our Parking Lot :shock:

On top of that the Construction Company doing the Work Accidently cut a Water Line Today.
The line was about 3 " in Diameter and Water was Shooting about fifty feet in the Air.
So one of their Workers took the Initiative To jump a Fence and turn the Water off.
Well in doing so it cut off Water to a lot of Residences and some Business.

So what was His Reward for doing so? The Sheriff was there and was in the process of charging the poor Guy with a Felony :shock: now ain't that enough to make You sick :violent1:

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by swamp runner » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:55 pm

any progress ?
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by bruceharwell » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:02 am

I was by there yesterday.....the fence out front and gate area is all grown up in weeds. It's an eyesore now! This is criminal!

Once again, us taxpayers get screwed. :angry5:

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by bruceharwell » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:04 am

You wanna bet its related to the land grab? :shock:

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by ONA540 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:36 am

What land grab?

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by ccamp » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:55 pm

At least they are wasting our money TRYING to do something for us. i'm sure the powers that be could spend it in different areas, after all a sh!tty boat ramp is better than no boat ramp at all. Trying to look at the bright side :P

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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by cntry141iq » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:00 pm

yeah if they would just open it to use .... this crap has been going on for almost 6 years ... yep 6 years ...
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by Wind Blown » Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:32 pm

Has anyone heard anything on the opening? I talked to a county guy at the Port last week and he said something about they fixed the
bolts but they are coming out of the concrete. This is what I heard wondering if it was true.
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Re: grape hammock a/b ramp

Post by nomad41 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:10 pm

The contractor that did the work was fired for doing crappy work.I think they had another contractor come in to correct all the problems.I don't know where it stands now.But you know how goverment works real slow.
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