Mooring, navigation and dredging projects

Historic City News has been notified that the Harbor Management Plan and mooring field program are expected to go on the City Commission agenda for Monday, November 9th.

The City has received permitting approval from the US Corps of Engineers.

Completion of the permitting process will advance a plan developed over the past three years, which included four well-attended public workshops resulting in the number of moorings being reduced from 369 to 178.

80 moorings in Salt Run, 28 north and 70 south of the Bridge of Lions are planned.

Cost is estimated at $2,500 per mooring, a total of $445,000.

General Services Director Jim Piggott said an ordinance will be introduced November 9th, with public hearing and final action at its December meeting.

“If approved,” Piggott said, “a design and build package will be advertised in January.”

Salt Run dredging is expected to begin in January, with completion in March, according to St. Augustine Port and Waterway Commissioner Jay Bliss.

Bliss added that plans are advancing as well for a dock at the Vilano fishing pier and a fishing pier at Usina North Beach Park.

The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) and US Corps of Engineers are gathering necessary permits to dredge the St. Augustine inlet and Intracoastal Waterway in 2010.

The sensitive process will be balancing dredging and beach renourishment needs with potential beach erosion along the coast.

There will be a public meeting on November 17, 2009 starting at 3 p.m. of the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2100 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, FL of the St. Augustine Port, Waterway & Beach District.

Articles have been written in local publications about the dredging of the inlet to renourish St. Augustine Beach and the possible detriment to the properties north of the St. Augustine inlet in Vilano Beach, North Beach and South Ponte Vedra Beach.

Linda Chambless, with the South Ponte Vedra – Vilano Beach Restoration Association Inc., wrote an article that appeared in the North Shores News last month with details about the dredging and its impacts. She is an oceanfront property owner in South Ponte Vedra.

The property owners north of the inlet do not have an issue with St. Augustine Beach being renourished, but do with the source of the sand for that renourishment.

If interested, please attend the public meeting:

MEETING DATE: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009
TIME: 3:00 P.M.
LOCATION: St. Augustine Beach City Commission
Meeting Room, 2200 A1A South,
St. Augustine Beach, FL

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