Boaters concerned about problematic St. Pete ramp

Boaters in St. Petersburg who are heading out for a day on the water may find themselves with a rocky start.

One of the city’s most popular boat ramps has a few problems. City officials said fixes are on the way for the Maximo Park boat ramp, but boaters wonder if that help will come soon enough.

Boat dealer Rob Creemer is in and out of the ramp testing boats several times a week, and he’s experienced the ramp’s hazards several time.

“The board I stepped on wasn’t nailed down,” he said. “I didn’t realize it. Popped up, hit me in the head. I fell over backwards into the water.”

Boaters said the trouble is even greater in the water. A piece of exposed rebar is blamed for damaging dozens of trailer tires in the southernmost stall.

Trailer repairman A.W. Simpson said he’s done some brisk business at the ramp recently.

“We’ve done 10 repairs down here replacing people’s tires,” he said.

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