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Pirate Harbor Dredge

Project Description

Since the last maintenance dredge of a portion of the Pirate Harbor access channel in 2019 new concerns for a need of dredging were brought to the county‚Äôs attention. This project will pick up just east of where the last maintenance dredge event left off in the access channel and will in continue east into the systems connector channels. The interior finger canals don't require and are not receiving dredging this event. Most if not all of this project falls outside or west of the governance meander line and is considered aquatic preserve, which means this work is not covered at large by the county wide maintenance dredge exemptions that are in place. Requiring that new maintenance dredge permits are obtained from both US Army Corps of Engineers and FDEP. County consultant Coastal Engineering Consultants will survey and design a project to fit within the proposed limits and to fall within the MSBU budget. The MSBU waterway advisory board approved this project and the funding for it. Along with designing this project CEC will apply and secure permitting for this maintenance dredge event. Once in place this project will go to bid to secure the service of a marine dredging contractor. The target area will receive a dredging and will include construction oversight by both the county and the county consultant. The project will be certified complete through post dredge bathymetric surveys. It is anticipated that permitting may take a year or more to obtain.

Project Location

Portions of the Pirate Harbor access entrance channel and connector canals with the waterway system.

Project Impacts

Improved and safer navigation

Latest Updates

Coastal Engineering Consultants is the county selected firm for the dredge design of this project. Since being selected for this project, they have performed a desk top review of the proposed project, including a review of current and expired permits/exemptions. There was a need to satisfy past project requirements pertaining to the seagrass mitigation, which have now been finalized. CEC has drafted and submitted new permit application for the current proposed project and have addressed initial comments by agencies. It's expected that it will be a lengthy period to secure all permits require for this work. Recently CEC received on behalf of the county a new FDEP permit that authorizes this current project. However, we still await a permit / correspondence from USACE. Project management will continue to pursue the necessary permit and final design for this project. CEC has just requested a status update from USACE pertaining to their permit review. 

Budget

Phase Cost
Engineering $98,930.00
Construction $350,000.00
Total Budget $448,930.00
Funding source(s): This project is funding by the Pirate Harbor MSBU

Schedule

Phase Estimated Start Date Forecast Completion Actual Completion
Planning and Approval 03/10/2021 11/04/2021 11/04/2021
Design Development 02/02/2022 02/15/2023
Construction 06/15/2023 12/15/2023
Turnover & Closeout 12/15/2023
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Project Phase
Design Development

Last Updated
11/23/2022

Project Manager
Zach Patchell

Public Relations
Karlene McDonald
Email Public Relations

Project Number
CMD2202.310.00000

Sponsor Department
Public Works

Design Engineer/Architect
Coastal Engineering Consultants

Construction Contractor
TBD

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