For several years, the Florida Inland Navigation District has been working to obtain permits for three dredging projects along the waterways of Broward County, Florida. The opened waterways will allow for passage of larger yachts, giving South Florida’s marine industry a boost.
The Inland Navigation District is close to attaining the paperwork for the first project slated for 2011. The project will create a 17-foot deep path along the Dania Cut-Off Canal, on a one-mile stretch from Port Everglades to US1. The $5 millions project is expected to take 6 months to complete. Once completed, the waterway will allow passage of boats up to 200 feet.
The second project will involve a 17-foot dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway, from 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale to the Las Olas Bridge. The project, slated for late 2011, covers two miles and will cost around $10 million.
Finally, the third dredging project will take place on the New River spanning from west of I-95 heading north to I-595. The three dredging projects will make Broward’s waterways more mega yacht-friendly, serving as a welcome economic boost to South Florida and greatly benefitting marinas in Fort Lauderdale.
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