The Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Environmental Protection and Lee County have all signed on to the project, which will see a channel dredged from 5 feet deep at mean low water to 7 feet 6 inches.
“Now boats won’t be stuck in the Harbor waiting for high tide to get out,” said Jerry Taylor, the marina’s general manager. “It will benefit the whole community.”
The final permit was issued by Lee County last month, and construction will begin Monday, July 15.
At the same time, the marina will be undergoing extensive renovation.
“We are going to be upgrading our systems,” said Taylor. “We are redoing the electrical and the sewage. It will be far more environmentally friendly.”
While the work is being done, the marina, including the shop, Miller’s Dockside and Eagle Grille, will be closed.
“We plan to reopen in November,” said Taylor. “This will be the last summer we are closed. After this summer, we will be open 364 days a year. We’re taking Christmas off.”
SteMic Marine from Fort Myers will be dredging the channel.
The other contractors involved are more local.
Braxton Bowen, owner of Bowen Construction, said that his company will be doing demolition work and some of the rebuilding on the docks, which will be made of composite rather than regular wood.
Gasparilla Plumbers will be installing the new, more environmentally friendly sewage system for the complex.
Owner Cary Davis is excited about the new system.
“Right now they have a single portable waste pumping system,” he explained. “They take it out to the different boats, then when they are through they pump it into the Gasparilla Island Water Association system.”
The new setup will be much more convenient for everyone involved.
“Every slip will have it’s own station,” said Davis. “They will be hooked up to a central collection building that will have a connection to GIWA’s system.”
This new system should prevent boats from dumping their waste into the waters of the Bayou (not that anyone would do that).
Grove City Electric will be handling all of the electrical work on the project.
You can track the progress of the work at bocagrandemarina.net or visit the Boca Grande Marina’s Facebook page.
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