Friday, August 21, 2009

LaBelle Wharf Project Underway

Barron Park Gets New Docks

LABELLE, FL. -- The City of LaBelle has received a Florida Boaters Improvement Program grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the amount of $165,000 for the LaBelle Barron Park Wharf project at on the Caloosahatchee River.

Based upon a conceptual plan and with the assistance of a local engineer and surveyor, the City was able to secure the necessary permits from the Department of Environmental Protection, South Florida Water Management District, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

At the July City Commission meeting, Honc Marine submitted the lowest and winning bid for $114,056 for the major construction elements, and was awarded the contract to begin construction. A symbolic ground breaking ceremony was held on August 18, 2009, with Mayor Paul Puletti, City Commissioners Hilda Zimmerly and David Lyons, Michael Boyle, several design team members and the contractor.

Barron Park, a popular community recreational area, enjoys a long history as one of LaBelle's favorite attractions where locals and visitors fish, picnic, play and gather for regional events, festivals, and concerts. Along the river, the Park is minimally landscaped with well-worn grass and few trees.

The wharf project will not only make the Park safer and more user friendly, it will complement its picturesque location along the river with a new retaining wall, a shoreline sidewalk with bench seating and planting beds, dockage for up to 4 boats, and a 25-foot fishing pier.

The new dock space is designed for smaller recreational boats (24-feet in length and less) and is limited to short-term, daily use. No shore-side utilities such as electric and water will be provided. Sailboats with keels and other boats with a draft greater than 2-2.5 feet will not be accommodated.

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