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Gulf Cove Interior Canal design and maintenance dredge project

Project Description

The residents of Gulf Cove have reported that shoaling within the maintained canals has occurred since they were last dredged in 2010. Concerns regarding safe navigation within the canal have been brought to the County’s attention, prompting the initiation of this project. The Gulf Cove Waterway MSBU Committee has requested and approved a budget for survey and design only. Noting construction planning and services will be considered after all data is collected. Atkin Global Inc. was the selected firm. Atkins and Charlotte County negotiated scope and fees, and a PO was issued for the design work. A bathymetric survey will be conducted on all 35 canals within the waterway system, and data will be collected for the design of a -4' MLW depth. The data will be reviewed and presented to the MSBU with a recommendation on whether to proceed with an interior dredge project.

Project Location

Gulf Cove Waterway System, Port Charlotte Fl, 35 Interior Canals.

Latest Updates

Atkins (Engineer of Record for the Gulf Cove Project) has completed the project-wide bathymetric survey project. They have delivered a completed bathymetric survey plan set, cross section, and volumes for each of the 35 canals. Atkins has also produced a set of 90% construction bid specifications. This survey project is now complete. The deliverables have been reviewed by the MSBU committee with county staff. The MSBU waterway advisory board has recommended a full project wide dredging to -4'MLW (mean low water) on all 35 canals. In order to fund this dredge event, the MSBU assessments will need to be increased. There is a public hearing scheduled for July 22nd for the approval of the increased rates. If funding is approved, then this project will require additional engineering to bring it to bid readiness and acquire state permit exemption. Approval was granted in the public hearing and final approval for the rate increase and funding process will conclude in Sep. BOCC meeting. Further development of the engineering process is planned for early FY22. The rate increase and funding of the proposed project has passed in the public workshop and the first public hearing with the BOCC this summer. The final public hearing is coming up in the last week of Sep. All budgets for FY22 were approved by the board of county commission, including the required MSBU Waterway rate increase required to fund this project. County staff is working on preparing the necessary documents to submit a purchase request to secure the services of and Engineering firm to complete the design project. This process will start in the weeks ahead.


Phase Cost
Engineering $42,500.00
Construction $1,600,000.00
Other Costs $80,000.00
Total Budget $1,722,500.00
Funding source(s): Gulf Cove Waterway MSBU


Phase Estimated Start Date Forecast Completion Actual Completion
Design Development 09/21/2020 06/01/2022
Construction 10/01/2022

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