Palmetto leaders advance controversial plan to convert boat ramp parking

After a controversial vote, an overflow parking lot in Palmetto is a big step closer to becoming a mixed-use development featuring apartments, restaurants, and shops. The development is slated for a city-owned plot of land across the street from the Riverside Boat Ramp on the Manatee River, which is currently used as overflow parking for those using the ramp and others recreating in the area. Dylan Paris, a local fisherman, said the overflow lot is badly needed since the boat ramp is popular.