New docks and connectivity project offer a fresh look for the marina
In July, the St. Augustine Municipal Marina completed repairs to the south docks that were damaged as a result of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Now, with its tenant vessels returned to their home slips, the marina will turn its attention on repairing the fuel dock and central transient boater docks.
The central docks, which run into the Matanzas River from the seawall directly in front of Ripley’s Bayfront Mini Golf, contain 80 percent of the overall available capacity of the municipal marina. However, 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, in the area of the slips.
Hal Jones Contractor, Inc. and Bellingham Marine arrived on Wednesday, August 15, to begin what could take up to a month to complete repair. Current projections for the completion of the dock repairs is mid/late-September, in time for the southern migration of boaters returning south to the warmer climates for the winter season.
Additional activity along the marina’s seawall includes the 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. Another important aspect of the connectivity project, which raises the elevation, is to provide an enhanced element of flood mitigation during high tide events.