South Florida Intercoastal

Business Highlight: Florida Inland Navigation District

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Mar 02, 2022 Wed

This month we shine the member spotlight on F.I.N.D., the Florida Inland Navigational District. FIND was created by the Florida Legislature in 1927 to be State local sponsor in partnership with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for Florida’s Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).  The organization’s purpose is to manage and maintain the ICW and provide assistance to local governments to fund improvement projects and develop waterway access. FIND’s responsibilities stretch from Nassau to Miami-Dade Counties.
 
One of FIND’s largest projects to date is the deepening of the ICW from the 17th Street Causeway north past the Las Olas Bridge. The project was completed by December 2016, six months early and within budget. The $19 million project, funded by FIND, created added navigation and docking opportunities for deep draft and larger vessels and resulted in an increase in marine-related business.
 
This dredging project follows the successful 2012 deepening of the Dania Cut-Off Canal between Port and US Hwy 1, which also resulted in the economic stimulus of more marine-related businesses on the waterway. Both projects were cooperative efforts with Broward County, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, and the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach.
 
FIND also manages the Waterways Assistance Programs, which provides grants to local governments to increase public access to local waterways. Projects that qualify for these grants include navigation channel dredging, channel markers, navigation signs or buoys, boat ramps, docking facilities, fishing and viewing piers and other access-related projects.
 
FIND operates from their office in Jupiter, FL at 1314 Marcinski Road. To learn more about FIND or their grant program, contact Janet Zimmerman at jzimmerman@aicw.org, visit FIND’s website at www.aicw.org or give them a call at 561-627-3386.