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 LocationBuena Vista waterway system, Greater Port Charlotte, Sunrise, Elkcam, Beeney, Gardner access channels and their connector canals. Exterior of the seawall canal systems.
Project ImpactsThis project will improve access into the Buena Vista waterways.
Coastal Engineering has a 90% design and specification ready and has been in a holding pattern for some time now. The MSBU Advisory Board was considering making changes to the project and the process was slowed due to delays from hurricane Ian. Now that the area was impacted by the storm and conversation was had at a recent MSBU public meeting, the county intends to have a consultant contractor perform a post storm bathymetric survey of the Buena Vista exterior channels to determine the storm related impacts to the navigated channels. There have been many reports of a new shoal in the Sunrise channel between marine marks 1 and 2. County staff has made this a priority and will be the first among many water ways to get the post storm survey and will be address with a dredging project as soon after as possible. Currently a firm has been selected by a committee to perform the bathymetric survey work and the county is in negotiation with that firm for scope a fee. It is expected this work will take place this spring and will be concluded by summer allowing for the dredging phase to begin. The current dredge design will be altered to include the most critical areas and portions of the project that can be covered by the current budget.
|Phase||Estimated Start Date||Forecast Completion||Actual Completion|
|Planning and Approval||01/13/2021||05/13/2021||04/15/2021|
|Turnover & Closeout||12/25/2023|
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