Ponce de Leon Inlet (O&M)

June 2021

FACT SHEET

Ponce de Leon Inlet, FL (O&M)
Operations and Maintenance
Congressional District: 6

1. DESCRIPTION

The Ponce de Leon Inlet O&M project consists of an entrance channel which is 15 feet deep and 200 feet wide across the ocean bar; 12 feet deep by 200 feet wide and 12 deep by 100 feet wide to Indian River North; 12 deep by 100 feet wide southward to the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW); 7 feet deep by 100 feet wide in the Halifax River northward to the IWW; and ocean jetties 4,200 feet long and 2,700 feet long on the north and south sides of the inlet, respectively. The unstable nature of the navigation channel in Ponce de Leon Inlet is a continuing safety problem as recorded by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has documented vessel groundings, capsized vessels, and over 20 lives lost in the vicinity of the inlet. The entrance and interior channels require the Coast Guard to frequently monitor and relocate aids to navigation due to the need to identify safe water.

2. FUNDING

a. Regular Civil Works Funds: 

Allocation for FY21 $35,640
President’s Budget FY22 $0

b. P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental:

Current Working Estimate  $200,000
Allocation thru FY20    $200,000
Allocation for FY21 $0


3. SPONSOR

Volusia County - Coastal Division
123 W. Indiana Avenue
Deland, FL  32720

4. STATUS
 

North Jetty Repairs:  Repairs will require substantial moving and manipulation of both new and existing stones to repair the North jetty which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma. Construction contract was awarded in July 2020 with completion by March 2022.

Maintenance Dredging:  The last commercial dredging event of the entire project was completed on February 19, 2019 in conjunction with the Intracoastal Waterway. Local mariners have identified areas of the channel which have already started shoaling back in resulting in potentially unsafe navigational conditions. Typically, these hot spots are dredged annually with a government dredge and the entire project is typically dredged every 10 years. Funding was not received in 2021 in O&M dredging.

 

Ponde de Leon Inlet Operations and Maintenance project map