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South Gulf Cove Access Channel / Turn Basin Maintenance Dredge

Project Description

The residents have requested and received dredging of the access channel.  This was accomplished in 2015.  Since the previous dredge, concerns have been brought to the County‚Äôs attention about shoaling inside the access channel and turn basin to the SGC waterways. The SGC waterway MSBU requested and is funding this project. Johnson Engineering was the selected firm for the engineering design of this maintenance dredge project. Johnson will layout, survey, design, plan, and apply for all agency permits/exemptions. They will be conducting a construction oversight inspection as well, once the construction of the project begins. The goal is to identify the amount and limits of the shoaling within the cut channel. Then progress with the maintenance dredging to restore previously permitted dimensions of the access channel and turn basin, and to restore safe navigation once again.

Project Location

The access channel from the Charlotte Harbor to the Butterford waterway, access to the SGC community canal system. This access channel and turn basin leads vessel traffic right to and from the SGC Lock.

Project Impacts

The end result of this design will be improved access and safer navigation.

Latest Updates

 Marine Contracting Group has completed the dredging for this project. Management conducted site inspections and the Engineer had post- dredge bathymetric surveys completed. The survey showed a substantially completed system but did show evidence for a need to rework the east slope of the channel and basin. MCG performed some cleanup dredging and county management performed some additional site inspection, verifying the work was completed within tolerance. All material has been trucked to the county landfill. The upland spoil site has been restore and the project is now complete. We are currently in the closeout period.


Phase Cost
Engineering $45,000.00
Construction $96,285.00
Total Budget $141,285.00
Funding source(s): South Gulf Cove Waterway MSBU


Phase Estimated Start Date Forecast Completion Actual Completion
Planning and Approval 05/01/2020 09/30/2020 09/25/2020
Design Development 09/25/2020 09/27/2021 12/01/2021
Construction 02/22/2022 06/27/2022 05/10/2022
Turnover & Closeout 06/28/2022 06/29/2022 06/01/2022

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Project Phase
Turnover & Closeout

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Project Manager
Zach Patchell

Public Relations
Kimberly Kelley
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Sponsor Department
Public Works

Design Engineer/Architect
Johnson Engineering

Construction Contractor
Marine Contracting Group

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