Mayor Buckhorn Celebrates Completion of Improved Davis Islands Dog Beach and Boat Ramp

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn and community leaders will cut the ribbon on the improved Davis Islands dog beach and boat ramp on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. The Davis Islands dog beach is located at 1002 Severn St. on Davis Islands.

"The Davis Islands dog beach is beloved by the local community. Residents and their four-legged friends come from all over the city to use this park, and now after these improvements, it will be safe and pet-friendly once again," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Parks immeasurably improve the quality of life for our residents, and I know many, many people will be happy to have this one improved."

Waves from passing boats eroded the beach and shore line at the popular dog beach exposing rubble and making it unsafe for dogs and their owners. The beach restoration project included building an off shore break water, installing artificial reef modules, as well as adding and renewing sand, which will prevent future shore erosion. Additionally, the City repaired and re-paved the boat ramp and added new Florida-friendly landscaping to the area.

The cost for the improvements was $273,082 and was funded through the Community Investment Tax (CIT). Work on the improvements began in June 2013.