This project consists of the permitting, surveying, engineering, and design of a parallel Lock, at the existing South Gulf Cove Locks location. This project will be funded through the SGC MSBU tax money. The Parallel Locks Project was initiated by request of the SGC MSBU due to the need for additional access in and out of the SGC waterway system. With the population steadily growing in Florida, specifically in this area, there is a growing number of boaters. Resulting in a higher traffic volume level through the existing lock. There have been reoccurring maintenance issues with the existing lock, with periods of downtime. It's because of these issues that this project is being initiated. To provide additional and timelier access and a secondary option of access in and out of the system.
Project Location15801 Cattle Dock Point Road, South Gulf Cove. In the Butterford Waterway at the SGC Turn Basin.
Project ImpactsPossible delays of navigation during construction. Additional ingress and egress once complete.
The County Design Consultant DMK completed the 60% construction plans for the Parallel Lock in early 2021. They were working towards 90% plans until we added the Tender House to the design. Lock design was temporarily slowed until Tender House design can be advanced to the same. We received FDEP approval for this project but have not been able to obtain a ACOE permit due to lack of approval from US Fish and Wildlife Service. USFWS has stated an incidental take for manatee will need to be issued due to manatee Lock entrapment deaths. There has been a history of manatee deaths from being crushed by the lock in SGC. County staff is working on a work around for the situation in trying to obtain the necessary permits. DMK recently completed 30 percent plans for the Tender House, and they were reviewed by county staff and returned with comments. Tender House plans will now be advanced to 60 percent to then be completed in conjunction with the Lock plans. The Geotechnical Exploration report for the Tender House was just completed and added to design components.
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