WATCH: Brevard Commissioner Bryan Lober Inspects Newly Rebuilt Boat Ramp at Kiwanis Island On Merritt Island

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GREAT PUT-IN FOR BOATS AND KAYAK FISHING

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: The new boat ramp construction is now almost completed at Kiwanis Island on Merritt Island and Brevard County Commissioner and Vice Chair Bryan Lober inspects the improvements which are on schedule, and within budget, thanks to the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, BRPH and W&J Construction. The new boat dock will open in late June.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – The new boat ramp construction is almost completed at Kiwanis Island on Merritt Island and Brevard County Commissioner and Vice Chair Bryan Lober recently inspected the improvements which are on schedule, and within budget, thanks to the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, BRPH and W&J Construction.

The new boat dock will open in late June.

Kiwanis Island Park is an 18.5-acre island surrounded by water, featuring the boat ramp and a natural launch area that provides access for boaters, rowers and paddlers into Sykes Creek leading to the Barge Canal or Banana River.

“The total project cost was $196,388, of which it is estimated that FEMA will pay $147,291,” said Commissioner Lober.

“The State of Florida is anticipated to pay roughly $24,549 and Brevard County is estimated to contribute approximately $24,948, or 12.5 percent of the overall cost.”

Commissioner Lober said that, while obtaining federal and state reimbursement for such projects may slow them down considerably, the end result is that 87.5 percent of the project cost comes from the federal and state government, saving Brevard County taxpayers the burden of increased taxes.

The new boat ramp construction is now completed at Kiwanis Island on Merritt Island and Brevard County Commissioner and Vice Chair Bryan Lober, shown above with Brevard County staff, recently inspected the improvements which are on schedule, and within budget, thanks to the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, BRPH and W&J Construction.

GREAT PUT-IN FOR BOATS AND KAYAK FISHING

Kiwanis Island Park is a great put-in for boats and kayak fishing, giving you access to some mangrove shorelines for seatrout and redfish.

Fishing is popular from the shoreline and fishing dock. An exercise trail, softball fields, basketball, tennis and racquetball courts invite fitness and active play.

The Community Center features ongoing activities, a gymnasium, a small kitchen and meeting rooms.

An exercise trail, softball fields, basketball, tennis and racquetball courts invite fitness and active play.

Additional facilities that make this park attractive for group gatherings and community events include the Karen S. Rood Community Building with kitchen and meeting room located at the park entrance, the Doyle I. Carlton Pavilion, a large event pavilion with banquet kitchen and meeting room, two medium pavilions, a playground, benches, restrooms and drinking fountains.

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