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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

On behalf of Charlotte County, Coastal Engineering Consultants has applied for and received all the necessary permits required to dredge from the permitting agencies FDEP and ACOE. Coastal Engineering is working towards 60% design plans and will submit draft deliverables to the county in the coming months. They have recently been providing the county with dredging options to keep this project within budget. County staff is reviewing budget options to fit the current inflated market and is working closely with CEC and the Fiscal department. Objectively completing as much of the proposed project as possible while staying within budget. A fiscal review revealed additional Buena Vista MSBU funding is available, although Edgewater North MSBU must be able to afford their 50% of the shared cost of any work performed on the Sunrise or Elkcam channels. Options will be discussed at the next MSBU meeting and ahead of a final decision. County staff is reviewing Edgewater North budgeting.  At this time the Buena Vista Waterway MSBU is funding most of this project but there is a $45k WCIND grant in place for the work being done on the Sunrise portion. At the recent MSBU meeting the Advisory Board when presented options elected to stay with the current budget and reduce the project size by prioritizing shoaled areas. Elkcam waterway was pulled from the project as Edgewater North subdivision is responsible for paying 50% of the work within that waterway, and they cannot afford it at this time. CEC has been updated with the direction of reducing the overall scope to stay in budget and is working on draft deliverables. At the last MSBU meeting the Advisory Board advised they are considering shelfing the project due to dredging prices and some belief there is enough navigable water. Project management informed final plans are excepted. The Advisory Board requested that the project is not bid until they can decide at their next meeting in Oct. Since the county has receive final deliverables for the consultant for review and will hold on until the AB decides. 


Phase Cost
Engineering $92,780.00
Construction $340,000.00
Total Budget $432,780.00
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 04/18/2022
Construction 08/01/2022

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Zach Patchell

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Karlene McDonald
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Coastal Engineering Consultants

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