The Coastal Projects Management Division is responsible for planning, permitting and construction of marine projects. This includes new dredging and maintenance dredging in excess of 168 miles of navigable public channels throughout Charlotte County. It also includes the Stump Pass Inlet Management Program and nourishment of the beach system influenced by Stump Pass. Information about current coastal projects, in design and under construction, is available on the Project Status Updates Web page.
The coastal projects manager oversees public channel dredging projects through the interaction of 15 active waterway Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBUs) and manages the Beach Nourishment and Stump Pass Inlet Management program through two MSBUs and Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSTUs). Both of these activities are accomplished through in-depth coordination between a network of engineering consultants, marine contractors, and state and federal permitting agencies.
The Coastal Projects Management Division also works with the Signing and Marking Division for the placement of marine markers as well as with the Parks and Recreation Division for beach renourishment projects. They also work with other agencies within the State and County on various research projects and programs, engaging in a streamlined approach to marine construction to benefit the public interest.
Funding for this program is provided through the MSBUs, MSTUs, state cost sharing, federal reimbursements, grants, and other funding sources when available.