The Clermont City Council voted to approve building a new boat ramp at the east end of Waterfront Park at the site of the former Bell Ceramics company. The plan includes a boat ramp and about 77 parking spaces with additional land for overflow parking or future, compatible projects.
The approved boat-ramp plan is estimated to cost about $1.5 million and will take about two years to finish. The move was necessary to allow for the completion of Victory Pointe, a sophisticated stormwater treatment project and urban park that is the linchpin of the city’s award-winning master plan.
The current boat ramp, near the west end of of the popular park, will remain operational until the new is ramp is completed.
In addition to building the new boat ramp, the city also plans to reroute the South Lake Trail so that pedestrians and cyclists will cross East Avenue at the four-way stop at the intersection of Grand Highway, considered a safer path than the current location further north.