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Starting on Monday, March 2, and continuing for approximately six weeks, dredging activities will take place from the Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp north to the mouth of the Salt Run Channel. The City has contracted with Brance Diversified, Inc. to remove approximately 13,000 cubic yards of material. Dredged material will be off-loaded to a barge and transported to Jacksonville’s Reed Island Dredged Material Management Area (DMMA). A DMMA is an industrial facility where dredged materials are stored for five to ten years, then mixed with other material. This material could then be used for land fill, beach replenishment, construction projects, and so on.
Maintenance of this channel is essential in that it ensures access for all recreational and commercial boating activities, including personal watercraft, sightseeing and eco-tours, charter fishing, and visitors sailing the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. This dredging will also aid in daily tidal exchanges that allow the maintenance of the natural marine and waterfowl habitat in the channel and Anastasia State Park.
“This maintenance project is funded by Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) and St Augustine Port, Waterway, and Beach District (SAPWBD) grants, and we are thankful for local partnerships and grants that allow for projects of this magnitude to happen,” said Corey Sakryd, City of St. Augustine Grant Administration Coordinator. “In the last eighteen months alone, FIND and SAPWBD have also funded a new police boat, marina dock repairs, new marina seawall infrastructure, derelict vessel removal, and three Salt Run grants.”
For more information, please contact Corey Sakryd, Grant Administration Coordinator at 904-209-4306 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.