I will never complain about municipalities setting aside beachfront properties for future generations. I do have issue with the city of Pasco spending tons of money building a boat launch that in the basic design was flawed.
The boatramp at Road 50 has the rubrails at approximately 36 inches above the water. The average 19 foot boat that uses the dock has an 18-20 inch freeboard which places the boat right into the nuts and bolts of the structure.
And because it is at a right angle to the river current, a large debris field is created on the west or upstream side of the dock, making half of the ramp capacity useless.
If not for boaters who spend hours of their own time moving tons of debris, the ramp would remain useless for most of the year.
A simple placement of a surplus oil containment boom during the winter would prevent this debris field, and the dedicated boaters would not have to do a job the city seems to ignore each year.
Bill Rohde, Pasco