Palm Beach Harbor FL (O&M)

May 2023

FACT SHEET

Palm Beach Harbor, FL
Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
Congressional Districts: 20, 21, 22, 23

1. DESCRIPTION

This project is located in Palm Beach County on the lower east coast of Florida. Palm Beach Harbor provides an entrance channel 35 feet deep, 400 feet wide, and 0.8 miles long, merging with an inner channel that is 33 feet deep, 300 feet wide, and 0.3 miles long, then flaring into a southern turning basin that is 33 feet deep with a 1,200-foot turning diameter, and jetties on the north and south sides of the inlet. The length of the project is about 1.6 miles.

2. FUNDING

a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation for FY23 $3,919,000
President's Budget FY24 $5,027,000

 

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

Current Working Estimate    $500,000
Allocation thru FY22 $485,000
Allocation for FY23 $0

     

c. P.L. 116-20: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019:

Allocation thru FY22 $2,951,000

d. P.L. 117-58: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Supplemental:

Allocation thru FY22 $6,000,000
Allocation for FY23 $0

 

e. P.L. 117-43: Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act:

Allocation for FY23 $9,000,000

 

3. SPONSOR

Port of Palm Beach
One East 11th Street, Suite 600
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

4. STATUS

FY20 maintenance dredging was completed between November and December 2020. Approximately 168,000 cubic yards of material was removed from the entrance channel and the settling basin and placed in the designated nearshore disposal area located south of the inlet.  

FY22 maintenance dredging was completed between January and April 2022 and removed approximately 293,000 cubic yards of material from the entrance channel, the settling basins, the inner channel, and the turning basins. The material was placed within the project’s permitted beach disposal area along the Town of Palm Beach’s shoreline between Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) R-monuments R-76 to R-79.

FY23 maintenance dredging is currently underway to remove approximately 269,000 cubic yards of material from the entrance channel and the settling basins, and place the material along the Town of Palm Beach’s permitted shoreline. Funding for the maintenance event was provided by FY22 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and FY23 President’s Budget.

Most recently, approximately 4.8 acres of the northern turning basin was deauthorized in Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2022 at the request of the Port of Palm Beach.  The deauthorized area is in proximity to Berth 1 of the port.  

North Jetty Repair Status – A contract award was executed in September 2020. Construction was completed in February 2021. The repairs include restacking displaced stone and hauling in new stone to return the jetty to its original construction template. A total of 49 new stones were placed in the project’s four areas of the north jetty.

 

Palm Beach Harbor Operations and Maintenance