Fort Pierce pushes ahead to protect Marina
The city found out it will receive money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the project, the City Commission approved entering into contract negotiations with Stuart-based Lucas Marine Construction for its first phase, which is the construction of islands in the Indian River Lagoon around the marina.
The 18-month project previously was estimated to cost about $20 million using money from insurance and FEMA. The city couldn’t get money from FEMA until city engineers came up with a plan for buffer islands to help protect the docks from crashing waves.
The islands, which won’t be open to the public, will create a storm protection barrier, as well as oyster reefs and mangrove habitats. The second phase of the project is the construction of docks.
Last year, the city received a required permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the project after it got a required permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection in 2009.