GOODLAND, Fla. - It's your money and Collier County spent $7 million of it to build a new boat ramp facility that opened its doors on Friday.
It boasts 75 boat trailer spaces, slips, docks and a fishing pier.
"We're going to have a ship store and a picnic pavilion for birthday parties," said Nancy Olson with Collier County Parks and Recreation. "We want this to be a gathering point for the citizens of Goodland."
But, many residents on the small waterfront community told WINK News it cost too much to build and it could cause traffic problems. They're worried on busy days, boat trailers would clog the street. But, other boaters say the facility was desperately needed.
"Boat ramps should be all over the place around here."
The total cost of the project was $7 million, including the purchase of 4 1/2 acres of land. The county bought the land during the housing boom.
The owner of Walker's Coon Key Marina, Jim Walker, says it was money well spent. He thinks it will bring in tons of business.
"I think the county did a magnificent job," says Walker. "It's probably the nicest county boat ramp in the area."
The Goodland Boat Ramp facility is open everyday from 7 a.m. to sunset.