The Canal Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance of seawalls and dredging of canals located within the Burnt Store Isles and Punta Gorda Isles canal districts. Other duties include depression filling, seawall patching, cap patching, cap replacement, maintenance of aids to navigation, inspections, and related tasks.
Seawall replacement, seawall cap replacement, channel and inlet dredging, seawall stabilization, and mangrove trimming projects are accomplished by outside contractors selected through the competitive bid process.
The Canal Maintenance Division also performs an annual assessment of the seawall systems. This assessment records condition data of the seawall and it is mapped in a GIS (Geographical Information System) system. GIS mapping allows the Division to prioritize maintenance and replacement tasks. The data will allow the Division to continue the forecasting of estimated seawall longevity.
Reduce Boat Speed Throughout Burnt Store Isles and Punta Gorda Isles:
The Punta Gorda canal system suffered a near catastrophic level seawall failures as a result of Hurricane Irma in both Burnt Store Isles and Punta Gorda Isles neighborhoods. As a result of these seawall failures there are many home owners who have seawalls down and erosion to their property.
The City of Punta Gorda is requesting that all boaters in Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles please restrict their boat speed and reduce their boat wakes as they travel through the canal systems until all the seawalls have been repaired. Where the wall is down, even a small wake tends to increase the erosion to the property and may cause significant damage in addition to the already documented damage from IRMA. This is the time to be mindful and conscientious of your fellow neighbor as this will be a long term recovery and constant reminders to the boating public in Punta Gorda is going to be required to minimize any additional damage.