Transient Boat Slips on the way to St. Pete's waterfront
Daytripping boaters looking for a place to dine, drink or stroll on the shores of Tampa Bay will soon have a welcome mat to St. Petersburg's waterfront--- or at least a floating dock with slips---unfurled for their convenience
The City Council recently approved $168,500 for design costs for 25 transient boat slips in the city’s Municipal Marina.The slips will be mostly funded with a federal grant and maintained by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, but the city’s share will eventually comprise about half of the $632,000 project.
The slips are designed to attract more day visitors from across the region to St. Petersburg’s waterfront. The spaces, big enough to accommodate most boats, will be on a floating concrete dock anchored by guide piles in the marina’s central yacht basin.
When the slips open, they will charge fees to follow prevailing rates around the region and will be able to be paid through an automated system, according to documents provided to council.
The floating dock is expected to coinicide with the opening of the new Pier and other waterfront improvements called for in the downtown waterfront master plan. The new Pier is expected to open in 2018, although demolition delays have hampered the schedule.
Council member Jim Kennedy said the slips are a “big deal,” that will make downtown St. Petersburg a boating destination.
And it’s the culmination of a long fight, he said.
“Seven years in the making,” Kennedy said at the Feb. 18 council meeting.