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Buena Vista Exterior Dredge Project

Project Description

The Buena Vista Waterway Committee requested and received a dredging of the access and connector channels.  This was accomplished in 2016. Since, new concerns of a need to restore safe navigation have been brought to the County’s attention. At the end of 2020 a bathymetric survey was completed of the area and identified the shoaled in areas of concern. Per the requested of the MSBU waterway committee this project was initiated in the beginning of 2021. Since the last project the State and Federal Government permits that were utilized have expired and new Permits / Notice of Exemption from the agencies are required to continue with what the Committee is requesting. This project will consist of the hired consultant engineering firm applying for new permits, utilizing current bathymetry to begin planning for a maintenance dredge event, creating a set of bid ready plans and project specification, assisting in the bid process and ultimately performing construction oversight services once a dredging contract is awarded. This dredging design will include Sunrise, Elkcam, Beeney, Gardner and their connector channels. The ambition is to restore restricted depth and width of the navigable channels and provide safe navigation.

Project Location

Buena Vista waterway system, Greater Port Charlotte, Sunrise, Elkcam, Beeney, Gardner access channels and their connector canals. Exterior of the seawall canal systems.

Project Impacts

This project will improve access into the Buena Vista waterways. 

Latest Updates

After receiving MSBU Advisory Board approval for this dredge project and the project contract being awarded to county consultant Coastal Engineering, CEC has utilized the current bathymetry to create permitting plans for permit applications to state and federal agencies. Those applications were sent in and we just received FDEP permit exemption status. CEC is still awaiting Army Corps of Engineers response for permitting and will likely have a comment phase and or requests for information. ACOE once satisfied will have to advertise for public comment phase. Obtaining ACOE permitting is usually a lengthy process and we are currently in the early stages. Meanwhile CEC will be working toward 60% construction plans. CEC has reached out to the Corps for an update but has not received a response. Attempts will continue until satisfied.


Phase Cost
Engineering $100,000.00
Funding source(s): Buena Vista Waterway MSBU


Phase Estimated Start Date Forecast Completion Actual Completion
Planning and Approval 01/13/2021 05/13/2021 04/15/2021
Design Development 04/15/2021 03/15/2022
Construction 05/01/2022

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Project Phase
Design Development

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Project Manager
Zach Patchell

Public Relations
Karlene McDonald
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Sponsor Department
Public Works

Design Engineer/Architect
Coastal Engineering

Construction Contractor

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