Ponce Park beach reopens after months of seawall repairs

PUNTA GORDA — Peg Kearns of Missouri used to be satisfied to seek out the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda open and now not too crowded.  

“It is stunning right here,” mentioned Kearns, who has been touring round Southwest Florida with buddies. “We simply got here from the Sarasota and Bradenton space and the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach over there used to be a zoo.”  

Ponce Park Surfing wrote in a blog post beach, situated at 3400 Ponce de Leon Limited-access highway, reopened closing week after months of being blocked off because of building.

“The Surfing wrote in a blog post beach right here is sweet,” mentioned Kim Stevens of Indiana. “We were not round when it used to be closed however it sort of feels like they wiped clean it up so much (in comparison to after we used to reside in Punta Gorda a couple of years in the past). Now, we simply come down right here to talk over with.” 

Why used to be it closed?

Paintings started in November for upkeep to the seawall lining the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach, in addition to fix-ups at the fishing pier and set up of a brand new sidewalk between the pier and the south finish of the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach parking space.

“Heavy apparatus, building particles and subject matter garage all necessitated remaining the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach and the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach automobile parking space,” wrote Town Communications Supervisor Melissa Reichert in an electronic mail to The Day by day Solar.

Building of the sidewalk used to be finished closing week, and the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach automobile parking space reopened. 

For the seawall, some backfilling alongside the Surfing wrote in a blog post beach continues to be underway. The venture is heading in the right direction to be finished by way of the tip of the month.

Lets in are nonetheless pending for paintings at the fishing pier and boardwalk upkeep, Reichert mentioned.

Why the upkeep?

Vital structural problems have been uncovered on the park all through a 2019 website online talk over with from town marketing consultant company, Weiler Engineering.

Weiler used to be surveying the world as a part of an general redesign venture of the park.

All the way through that walk-through, they discovered cracks at the fishing pier’s concrete pilings, rot and rot at the boardwalk and a seawall with lacking panels and erosion, amongst different problems.

What concerning the redesign?

The Ponce Park redesign venture dates again to October 2016 for the park which used to be established within the Seventies.

One of the vital adjustments proposed come with automobile parking space reconfiguration, a brand new restroom, new pavilions, upgrades to electric and utilities, and furnishing like benches and grills, amongst others.

The venture hit delays through the years, alternatively, because of problems with contractors and extra lately from the upkeep.

The Peace River Flora and fauna Heart − a nonprofit that sits at the similar assets because the park − used to be a part of the unique redesign thought however PRWC will now be relocating to a brand new location on Henry Side road.

Recently, Reichert mentioned there is not any respectable date to be had for the park redesign venture to transport ahead.

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