It's been over a month that the boat ramp at
"We're in the permitting process," explained Dave Sell, beach maintenance manager for the TDC. "Once we get the Corps of Engineers Permit, we can begin the project."
The only problem is waiting for the Corps of Engineers, Sell said.
"They're not on a schedule," he said. "I've reached out to them to see if there's anything I can do to expedite the process."
The boat ramp has been free and open to the public for at least 10 years.
"I'm not sure how long it's been open," Sell said. "It's been here as long as I have been and I started working here in 2003."
Before it was broken, the ramp was used for smaller vessels such as kayaks, Sell said.
"It wasn't heavily used," he said. "The bat water is so shallow, people mostly took boats out that didn't draft a whole lot."
Even if the TDC does get the permit to construct a new boat ramp soon, Sell estimates the building process to be between 60 to 90 days.
"Unfortunately, that puts us clear into June," he said.