Approval of deepening project to boost industry October 23, 2015

After several years, permits have been issued and a contract has been awarded for the dredging of the Intracoastal from 17th Street to Sunrise Boulevard to 17 feet deep, allowing the vessels that patronize our waterways to have better access to local marinas and boatyards.

The Intracoastal dredge will be the largest single public works project for the Florida Inland Navigation District, a special state taxing district tasked with managing and maintaining the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

“The Florida Inland Navigation District’s ICW dredging project will provide an extraordinary benefit to Broward County through the infusion of $20 million by increasing the depth of the ICW from the congressionally authorized depth of 10 feet to a new depth of 17 feet to accommodate the vessels that are seeking to visit, reside and retrofit at our local marinas and boatyards,” said Tyler Chappell, the Broward commissioner for FIND. “These facilities provide direct economic benefit and jobs to Broward County and our local communities. Our commission is extremely proud of the effort and cooperation from Broward County, city of Fort Lauderdale, and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to make this a reality.”

On Oct. 15, the project’s sponsor, the Florida Inland Navigation District, hosted a community outreach reception with Bob Roscioli at the Roscioli Yachting Center to educate the public about the more than $20 million project. Prior to the event, FIND commissioners received a ride on the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi from the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 on the Intracoastal and up the New River to Roscioli so they could get a firsthand look at them and see how vibrant our industry is.

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