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 LocationGulf Cove Waterway System, Port Charlotte Fl, 35 Interior Canals.
The Gulf Cove interior dredge design project has been in a holding pattern since hurricane Ian. Post storm surveys were conducted to find what changes had accrued to the shoaling within the canal system. In addition, the consulting firm that performed the survey was to determine if significant changes had accrued which would prompt application to FEMA for aid. Unfortunately, there was not enough historical data to produce credible shoaling rates, therefore not providing enough evidence to support such claims. Recently the engineer has updated draft design deliverables for county staff review. Project management is currently reviewing those documents and is planning a project meeting to discuss how to finalize the dredge design project. The dredge design is only months away from being complete for the interior canals. Staff is looking at data collected in the access channels out in the Myakka River to determine if there are other dredging needs. The MSBU Waterway Advisory Board will be updated at the next quarterly meeting.
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