On Tuesday morning, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance to establish a new “Idle Speed No Wake” zone in the vicinity of the Water Street Boat Ramp in Fort Walton Beach.
- There is already a no-wake zone near the boat ramp. This ordinance basically expands the zone to about 400 feet south of the current boat ramp.
In August, the county purchased property that is adjacent to the boat ramp to help with parking, turnaround and stormwater issues. One of the stipulations of the purchase included establishing this no-wake zone.
- It’s worth noting that the “stipulation” made sense to County staff as the current zone did not encompass and/or protect the boat ramp.
“This is all part of trying to create some better water access at the Water Street Boat Ramp,” said Commissioner Trey Goodwin. “I think it will be really good for residents in multiple districts, not just for District 2 or District 4. Anybody who really needs access to our waterways, this is going to help with that.”
Additional planned improvements include:
- Addressing the stormwater runoff from Water Street onto the adjoining property.
- Ensuring a sign is posted prohibiting any commercial activity.
- Lighting the property and maintaining a safety light at the boat ramp.
- Naming the boat ramp “Helen’s Landing”/Water Street Boat Ramp.
- Installing a 6ft wooden fence along the property line in conjunction with the development of the parcel or within 24 months, whichever occurs first.