Collier-Seminole State Park is a 7,000+ acre park located in Naples, FL. A key aspect to the park is the boat basin that is located on the Blackwater River. The boat basin contained a concrete boat ramp, earthen kayak/canoe launch, and boat dock. The FDEP Bureau of Design and Construction contracted Weiler Engineering Corporation (WEC) to provide construction plans for the addition of a fishing platform, floating boat dock, and ADA accessible kayak launch for a total of approximately $280,000 in improvements. A primary focus of this project was to replace the wooden boat dock that had become a safety hazard along with bringing the park area up to code for accessibility.
WEC assisted the FDEP Bureau of Design and Construction with permitting through Collier County, South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a permit requirement, the construction could not impact Manatees or the Smalltooth Sawfish or the Mangrove vegetation along the shoreline. In addition the amenities listed above, the park will now also have microfilament bins to safely dispose of fishing line.
WEC’s structural department played a key role in designing the new fishing platform and also completed an inspection of the existing seawall to determine if the seawall would need to be replaced. Within the uplands, WEC designed a plan to restore the parking lot and adding in a sidewalk along the seawall that will provide safe access to the new amenities.
WEC’s innovative design of the new facility required extensive evaluation of the existing 525′ seawall that was constructed in the 1960’s, including a structural assessment and alternatives analysis that included repair, rehabilitation, or replacement options with construction cost estimates. Ultimately WEC determined that the seawall could be rehabilitated to be structurally sound for continued service as the shoreline base for the improvements project, resulting in tremendous cost savings to the State Park. This assessment effectively saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Subsequently this determination was proven sound when the existing seawall, located just 7 miles from Marco Island, survived the “real world” test of a direct landfall from Category 3 Hurricane Irma.