2500 NW 1st Avenue
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Phone: (561) 416-3385
The City of Boca Raton conducts continuous interior inlet maintenance dredging to transfer sand past the inlet and to maintain the inlet for navigation purposes. The dredging is conducted by a City-owned dredge. The material dredged from the inlet is placed above the mean high water line of the beaches 500 feet south of the southern jetty of the inlet.
The City developed an inlet management plan in 1992 and was adopted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 1997. The inlet management plan set a bypassing objective of approximately 71,300 cubic yards per year to the downdrift beaches. In 2002, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the city initiated a study to update the inlet sediment budget and validate the bypassing objective and inlet management practices. In 2004, the bypassing objective was revised and increased to 83,000 cubic yards per year. The bypassing objective is achieved through a combination of maintenance dredging using the City-owned dredge and nourishment of downdrift beaches using the inlet ebb shoal as a borrow source.