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Fernandina Harbor (O&M)

May 2020


Fernandina Harbor (O&M)
Operations & Maintenance
Congressional Districts: 4, 5


The authorized civil works project coincides with the authorized military project, Kings Bay Entrance Channel. The authorized project provides for two stone jetties at the harbor entrance, a north jetty 19,150 feet long and south jetty 11,200 feet long. The authorized project provides for a channel 46 feet deep 500 feet wide from the ocean to the entrance of Amelia River where the channel turns south and transitions to 36 feet deep and 400 feet wide. The channel then continues to the port facilities where there is a 1,000 foot wide, 35 foot deep turning basin adjacent to the channel. Just beyond the port facilities the channel transitions to 28 feet deep and 300 feet wide and continues to the split of Amelia River south of Little Tiger Island.


Allocation for FY20 $6,550,000
President’s Budget FY21 $36,000



Nassau County Ocean Highway & Port Authority
86130 License Rd #9
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034


Funding was received in FY20 to conduct the next maintenance dredging event; the channel was last dredged in 2000. Maintenance dredging will consist of removing approximately 400,000 CY from the Inner Channel and Turning Basin. The quantity of material represents dredging the channel and turning basin to the appropriate project depth for each area plus an allowable one foot overdepth. The dredged material will be placed in the Ocean Dredge Material Disposal Site.

The local sponsor submitted a request for a Section 216 Initial Appraisal for a deepening study.  Capability for the Initial Appraisal will be expressed in future budgeting cycles.

Fernandina Harbor Kings Bay Operations and Maintenance Project Map