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TPWD News Release — May 31, 2004

TPWD Gives Money to Corpus for Boat Ramp

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved giving $500,000 in matching fund assistance for boat ramp construction to the City of Corpus Christi.

The City of Corpus Christi requested a 75-percent matching share grant for the construction of a new two-lane boat ramp, three docks, utilities, roads and parking, and signs. The project is located on land leased from the Texas General Land Office as a component of the North Padre Island Damage Reduction and Environmental Restoration project in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The facility is located on the north side of the Packery Channel off Zahn Road and SH 361.

All facilities will be operated and maintained by the City of Corpus Christi.

The State Boat Ramp Program was authorized in 1975 by the 64th Legislature. The program provides funds for the purchase, construction and maintenance of boat ramps, access roads and related improvements. Program funds may also be used for capital improvements to existing state boat ramp sites. The program receives funding from two sources: The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, also known as the Wallop-Breaux Program, and also from the State Game, Fish and Water Safety Fund. The program must be used to provide public access for motor boating facilities. Construction for new ramps is supported on a 75 percent (state) 25 percent (local) basis.

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