Dredging - Lee County

The maintenance dredge of the Northeast Hurricane Bay Channel included Kelly Brothers’ (KBI) dredging one mile of the channel to -5 feet Mean Low Water. The scope of work included the removal and disposal of 7,950 cubic yards of spoils from within the dredge limits along with the implementation of environmental protection measures. Dredging was conducted via mechanical means utilizing three small barges; one of which was set up as a “dredge” barge with a long reach excavator aboard. This barge was used to load two “hopper” barges each outfitted with three 20 cubic yard sediment hoppers for transporting the spoils to Kelly Brothers’ beach yard, which was utilized as an upland staging area for material and equipment. The hopper barges were pushed at alternating intervals from the dredge location to KBI’s Beach Yard and back thus allowing for continual dredge operations. At KBI’s beach yard the dredge spoils were offloaded, stockpiled to dry, and then transported to an approved material disposal site. Precautions were taken during the dredge operation to protect the environment, marine life, and boaters, which had twenty-four-hour access through the navigable channel. These precautions included the installation of turbidity curtains, turbidity monitoring, and observation of wildlife and boat traffic while dredging was under way.


Lee County

Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc.
28421 Bonita Crossings Blvd
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135


Date Completed:
March 2021

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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

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

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

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

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