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October 2012 - Coastal Tech, as part of the Chen Moore Team, was reselected by the City of Key West for General Engineering Services.

August 2012 - Coastal Tech, as a sub-consultant to MWH, was reselected by the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration to provide engineering services for Coastal Protection and Restoration.

July 9, 2012 - Dr. Todd Walton has joined Coastal Tech as a Senior Coastal Engineer. Dr. Walton earned M.E. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Florida, served in the USACE and most recently as the Director of the Beaches & Shores Research Center at Florida State University. Dr. Walton's research activities include: sand transport and erosion studies, water level analysis and time series simulation studies, littoral data collection methods studies, tidal inlet hydraulic studies, and beach modeling studies. Dr. Walton has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers and technical communications in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books.

Prange Islands Conservation Area Update

Coastal Tech continues to assist the County with execution of the Management Plan for the Prange Islands Conservation Area.  Specifically, Coastal Tech assists with removal of exotic vegetation, installation of educational signage, clearing & maintenance of trails, and repair of the primitive camping area through employee and community volunteer labor.  Coastal Tech is currently engaging Indian River County for a renewed Adoption Agreement. In November 2008, Coastal Tech entered a 3-year Adoption Agreement with the County and looks forward to continuing restoration and preservation of the Prange Islands Conservation Area.

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Bonita Beach Nourishment Design & Permitting
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Lee County successfully constructed initial beach restoration projects on both Bonita Beach and, in partnership with the State Park Service, on Lovers Key State Park in the 1990s. The first maintenance renourishment of Bonita Beach took place in 2004 using approximately 115,000 cubic yards of fill; shortly after, maintenance fill was also placed along critically eroded shoreline sections on Lovers Key.

Coastal Tech was selected by Lee County to provide the full range of professional services necessary to construct the second maintenance of both Project segments. The County desired to maintain both Project fill segments generally as previously designed and constructed. However, our work began with a full review of previous FDEP-required monitoring and Project performance, and included recommendations for design enhancement.

Sand for both 2004 fill segments was excavated by a hydraulic cutterhead dredge from the Big Carlos Pass ebb shoal. Because this shoal was a near-by compatible and economical source for the beach fill, our sand search focused on using additional portions of the ebb shoal deposit for the current project. Through our sub-consultants AVS and FAS we completed a full field investigation including obtaining seismic data, vibracores and performing a cultural resources assessment. Data and core samples were reviewed by our Professional Geologist and proposed borrow area limits and cuts were designed. A major FDEP concern is the potential effect additional shoal dredging might have on sections of adjacent shorelines and we have performed a multi-track evaluation to address that issue. The other services being performed by us include those tasks necessary to advance and complete the Project Area fill design, obtain FDEP and USACE permits for the Project and prepare Construction Documents for bidding by the County. Because the two Project segments have different owners/sponsors, they also have different cost sharing formulations, and part of our Project Management service is to separate and track fees for each area to the extent practicable.

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