In July, the St. Augustine Municipal Marina completed repairs to the south docks that were damaged during Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Now, with its tenant vessels returned to their home slips, Historic City News was notified that the City has turned its attention to repairing the fuel dock and central transient boater docks.
Since Hurricane Irma, the marina has been limited to using less than approximately 30 percent of the total available space due to damaged floating docks and power pedestals, or submerged hazardous objects, such as pilings or debris, near the slips.
“Current projection for the completion of the dock repairs is mid-to-late-September, in time for the southern migration of boaters returning to warmer climates for the winter season,” Melissa Wissel told local reporters. “Hal Jones Contractor, Inc. and Bellingham Marine arrived and began work on Wednesday, August 15th.”
When repairs to the central docks are complete, the overall available capacity of the municipal marina should resume to about 80 percent.
Another important aspect of the Bayfront Connectivity Project, which raises the elevation, is to provide an enhanced element of flood mitigation during high tide events.
Additional activity along the marina’s seawall employing a work barge and crane includes improved accessibility and connectivity of the sidewalk from the southeast corner of the Bridge of Lions, across the front the municipal marina building, to the southernmost end of the marina lawn on Avenida Menendez.