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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’s 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

Since the initiation of this contract with Johnson Engineering late last year, Johnson has surveyed the channel and has begun plan layout work. They have applied to the state and federal agencies, receiving permit exemption status from FDEP. We are currently in a holding pattern waiting for ACOE (Army Corps of Engineers) and requests for updates will occur periodically until we receive the permit. Johnson has provided the county with some draft deliverables and works towards 90 percent plans. A new request of status update was made to ACOE with lack of response, prompting a phone call. ACOE staff have stated they will move this project to the top of the pile for permitting. A new request of permit status update was sent to ACOE in mid-July, still awaiting that update. Communication is ongoing with ACOE and permit approval should be reached soon.


Phase Cost
Engineering $45,000.00
Construction $75,000.00
Total Budget $120,000.00
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
Construction 11/01/2021

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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

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