Pelican Harbor Marina Reveals $2.6 Million Worth of Renovations

Author  Laura Phillips

MIAMI — The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has completed renovations to the boat ramp parking lot at Pelican Harbor Marina. The new development is designed to improve public access to and within the marina facility.

Miami-Dade Parks will join Miami-Dade County Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3 Commissioner, at the marina for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

The capital improvements included reconfiguring directional traffic flow through the lot to reduce congestion, expanding  parking to accommodate 150 trailers and 24 vehicles; creating an eastbound right turn lane to reduce the reversing of vehicles onto the busy 79th Street Causeway; removing/replacing roadway asphalt surfaces; installing new signs/signalization along SR-934/ NE 79th Street Causeway and new signage within the marina parking lot; adding a new eight-foot-wide pedestrian concrete walkway that traverses the entire site from the northeast corner of the property to existing causeway sidewalks; a new fire hydrant and improved landscaping, lighting and storm-water drainage. In addition, an empty conduit system was installed in readiness for future CCTV security surveillance.

Commissioner Edmonson remarked: “I want to thank Miami-Dade Parks for bringing this marina revitalization project to a reality. These new features are a welcome addition to Pelican Harbor Marina and the boating public in District 3. These improvements will increase the use and enjoyment of this marina for years to come.”

Miami-Dade Parks Director Maria I. Nardi added: “This is a significant milestone project for Pelican Harbor Marina. It creates a more accessible and more vibrant marina, where boaters can easily park their vehicles and boat trailers, launch their vessels and experience Miami-Dade’s beautiful blueways.”

Miami-Dade Parks’ Design and Build Teams completed the project in conjunction with David Plummer & Associates (engineers), Gardner & Semler Landscape Architecture (landscaping), Martin Vilato Associates, Inc. (electrical engineers), Maurice Gray Associates, Inc. (structural engineers), and V. Engineering Corp. (contractor).

The marina boat ramp parking lot beautification project cost approximately $2.6 million and was funded by the Florida Inland Navigational District (FIND), Coastal Park and Marina Enterprise (CPME) and the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) Vessel programs.