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Vertical Yacht Club Marina Mile, Florida

Vertical Yacht Club Marina Mile is the first dry storage facility designed exclusively for megayachts up to 85 feet in length and weighing up to 90 tons. The facility proposes a conversion of a boat maintenance and repair yard along the Marina Mile stretch of the New River in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to a state-of-the-art dry-storage facility designed for storage of 46 luxury yachts, utilizing a patented automated laser-guided overhead bridge crane system. The yachts will be stored in custom climate-controlled suites which will include shore power connections and other luxury amenities.

Coastal Systems designed the marine works for the facility, which included excavation of uplands for an interior launching basin, dredging of submerged lands, and construction of 950 linear feet of bulkhead and adjacent staging docks. The planning and design of the facility required close coordination with the multi-disciplined design team of Architects and Engineers as well as the marina developer. Hydrographic and marine resource surveys were conducted, and numerical modeling studies simulated the tidal hydrodynamics utilizing the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) MIKE-21 HD software. Flushing and dispersion studies were also completed to evaluate the water quality and flushing rates for the proposed interior launching basin.

Environmental permits were processed through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department (EPGMD). Environmental permitting issues addressed with these regulatory agencies included, but were not limited to, verification of slip allocation pursuant to the Broward County Manatee Protection Plan; navigation clearance with the ACOE and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT); resolution of concerns regarding water quality and flushing rates within the proposed interior launching basin; and sovereignty submerged land lease coordination.

Coastal Systems obtained environmental permits from the regulatory agencies in the Fall of 2008, and construction is pending (currently on hold).

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