Dredging – Cons-Buckley’s Pass, Punta Gorda, FL

Kelly Brothers’ (KBI) was tasked to create a navigational access channel connecting the Punta Gorda Isles canal system to Charlotte Harbor. The channel, approximately 1,446 ft. long and 60 ft. wide, was cut through a mixed wetland / upland area. Over 17,500 CY of material was dredged to form the pass and clear the adjoining waterways. Due to the constrictive site conditions and access, dredging operations were limited to small barge loads of 65-75 CY of material, with multiple trips to the spoil site on a daily basis. In addition, 1050 LF of vinyl seawall with helical anchor tie-backs was installed below water to protect the newly formed mangrove banks. A Smalltooth Sawfish habitat was created, 900+ tons of rip rap was installed for erosion control and 700 mangrove seedlings were planted. Regardless of the challenging site conditions, the project was completed on time and under budget.

Cons-Buckley Pass
Punta Gorda, FL

City of Punta Gorda

Hans Wilson & Associates
1938 Hill Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901


Date Completed:
April 2020

What our Clients are Saying

Kelly Brothers was commissioned to construct a meandering 1,200 lineal foot elevated boardwalk, through our environmentally sensitive wetland. Our goal was to construct an elevated boardwalk and shell paths through this coastal habitat while respecting the mangrove forest, salt marsh, as well as the oak hammock uplands. The chorography technique Kelly Brothers created was truly impressive. As a result, there was no disturbance or destruction to any part of the surrounding area.

~ Al Meronek, Project Manager
Neal Preserve, Bradenton, Manatee County

What our Clients are Saying

Congratulations to the team for a great project. The KBI crew was outstanding. It is rare that a crew completes a dredge project without the need for a punch list at the end.  Thanks to Jake, Travis, and especially to Raul and his crew.

~ Mark Kincaid P.E., Vice President of Engineering
Coastal Engineering Consultants

What our Clients are Saying

Kelly Brother’s commitment to customer satisfaction, quality work, and on budget performance was proven at every level and every project. The result of our working together has been building one of the area’s premier marinas and recently garnered National Marina of the Year. We certainly consider their work as an integral part of this achievement!

~ Sam Chavers, Vice President
Marina Jack, Sarasota

What our Clients are Saying

During construction Kelly Brothers proved their expertise in marine construction by value engineering various components of our multi-faceted project, which resulted in a considerable cost savings to the City of Naples. They have a knowledgeable staff with a strong work ethic and the specialized equipment to deliver a quality product at a competitive price.

~ Roger Jacobsen, Harbor Master
City Dock, Naples

What our Clients are Saying

KBI was very cooperative in developing solutions to an unforeseen subsurface condition that occurred during installation of the piling. They negotiated the extra
work compensation fairly, and they proceeded with the work with no delays to the project.

~ Todd Boehmer, Amec Foster Wheeler, Project Engineer
Arcadia Bridge, Arcadia