New gates installed at Matlacha Park in greater Pine Island were scheduled to start being used Tuesday, May 28. The gates near the park entrance are electronic and based on a timer, and they replace the manually operated boat-ramp gate. Hours for ramp users and park patrons are 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
The park, boat ramp, kayak launch, fishing pier and community center are located in the heart of Matlacha at 4577 Pine Island Road, N.W., Matlacha. Park admission is free; parking for vehicles not towing trailers also is free. Trailer parking is $10 daily, or boaters can purchase parking stickers for $60. For information visit www.leeparks.org or call (239) 283-4110 in Matlacha or the Lee County Parks & Rec office at (239) 533-7275.