Update: Bonita Boat Launch

The boat landing at the upper lake at Bonita Lakes Park will be temporarily closed within the next week or so. It's part of repair work being done on the lower lake.

City officials say, once it happens, the closure should last only a few weeks, although the project it is supporting will be ongoing for another five months.

The contractor informed city officials late Monday that he was not yet ready to begin the process of lowering the water level in the lake so a pipe could be relocated. He said he would give the city four or five days notice before the launch area would actually be closed.

This is contrary to the initial news release that the launch had actually been closed Monday.

The city says it will notify the news media as soon as the go-ahead is given from the contractor. Until that time, the boat launch remains open.

The main project at Bonita Lakes involves removing trees and roots from the dam on the lower lake. As part of that process, a 20-inch water line that runs from the upper lake to the lower lake has to be drained and moved.

In order to do that, the city says the water level on the upper lake will have to be lowered and that would make it too too shallow for boats.

The 20-inch line being drained will be relocated away from the construction area on the lower lake, so the project can proceed without the pipe being in the way.

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