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City of Tavares

Posted on: June 2, 2019

Rebuilding Update - Tavares Marina & Seaplane Base

Image of a boat dock.

The Marina & Seaplane Base re-build project is on hyper speed. 

Reconstruction is under design.  The brand new boat docks, seaplane docks and fueling dock should be completed and available for use by late fall 2020.

In the meantime, many boaters and seaplane pilots are enjoying mooring up along the Tavares shoreline, fueling at the fuel pumps or unloading and loading passengers at the temporary docks. The Tavares Marina & Seaplane Base is located at 150 E Ruby Street. For more please call 352.742.6267.

Image of a boat dock.

Update #4: Sunday, June 2, 2019

Marina & Seaplane Base will be better than before

City officials have estimated that the city’s seaplane base and marina, which was destroyed in September 2017 by Hurricane Irma, should be up and ready for use by late fall 2020.

City Administrator John Drury said the dock rebuild is right on track with the approximate four-year time frame it takes to construct a large city project and, in fact, is on “hyperspeed” because it is a re-build of the Marina & Seaplane Base.

How long does it take to build a city project that is large?

 The rule of thumb in a typical governmental agency is that it takes: 

  1. one year to decide whether to do the project (The docks were already built so we don’t have to spend
       the time deciding)
  2. one year to find the money (The good news is the city had purchased "betterment insurance coverage" on the Marina & Seaplane Base)
  3. one year to design (currently nearing completion), engineer and permit a project (obtain permits from the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and St. John’s Water Management District).
  4. and one year to construct a project — and that’s a fast-track community project

Examples of two recent projects: The new Public Safety Complex took seven years to build and the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake was a six-year building project.

So, when are the docks gonna come?

The docks were already built so we don’t have to spend one year on deciding whether to do the project. So, the good news for the docks...it’s not four years, but three years! We estimate they should be up and ready for use by late fall 2020.

The Marina & Seaplane Base re-build project is on hyper speed. 

The city is having to rebuild its entire Marina and Seaplane Base because it, along with a fueling station, was swept away by the 2017 storm as it made its way through Wooton Park.

The storm pulled up walkways and tossed docks and more than two dozen boats. What remained where the docks once stood were empty pilings. The few that were left standing were badly damaged. 

We thank you for your patience and understanding, post-Hurricane Irma. We will keep you updated on the progress of the project and look forward to providing the City of Tavares with a wonderful new Marina and Seaplane Base.

Photo today:

Image of a boat dock.

Below: Historical photos of the Tavares Marina & Seaplane Base after Hurricane Irma

The storm was born Aug. 30, 2017, near Africa. It surged into a catastrophic Category 5 with 185 mph winds. It hit the Keys as a Cat 4 and plowed north, passing through the Tavares area the night of Sunday, Sept. 10, and the morning of Sept. 11, 2017. In Lake County, 69 mph gusts were measured at 3:46 a.m. at the Leesburg International Airport five miles west of the Tavares Marina & Seaplane Base.

Image of Tavares Marina and Seaplane Base destruction post Hurricane Irma in 2017


Image of Tavares Marina and Seaplane Base destruction post Hurricane Irma in 2017


Image of Tavares Marina and Seaplane Base destruction post Hurricane Irma in 2017

Image of Tavares Marina and Seaplane Base destruction post Hurricane Irma in 2017


Image of Tavares Marina and Seaplane Base destruction post Hurricane Irma in 2017


Image of Tavares Marina and Seaplane Base destruction post Hurricane Irma in 2017

Photo Credit: Tavares Police Department and Daily Commercial

Excerpts from Daily Commercial story by Roxanne Brown