Cordova Road Seawall Project


The City of Fort Lauderdale will begin replacing the publicly-owned portion of the Cordova Road Seawall from SE 7th to SE 12th Street (see map below) in 2019.

The existing structure is in disrepair and has a top elevation lower than the current high tide events, allowing seasonal King Tides to cause flooding on Cordova Road. In addition, the City is considering modifying the Dock Permit ordinance (Sec. 8-144. - Private use of public property abutting waterways) that allows neighbors to construct and use docks on this public seawall. 

The new seawall and associated drainage infrastructure have already been designed and are expected to be through permitting in early 2019.  Construction is expected to take 12 months from mobilization, targeted for completion in summer 2020.

Cordova Seawall Replacement: Dock Removal Notice

UPDATE: June 24,2019

To All Current Dock Permit Holders along Cordova Seawall (between SE 11th Court and SE 7th Street):

The purpose of this letter is to update all current dock permit holders along Cordova Road (between SE 11th Court and SE 7th Street), that the City of Fort Lauderdale will begin replacing the existing seawall starting in late summer of 2019.

Construction of the new seawall is expected to take approximately 12 months. In order to facilitate the new seawall construction all existing docks, hardscape and many landscape elements added by the dock permit holders along the existing wall and the adjacent swale will be removed by the City contractor as part of the project. In addition, the seawall will not be available for docking during the construction period.

If so desired by residents, dockage will be made available at City-owned facilities to all displaced permit holders during the seawall construction period. Standard public marina rates per foot/day will apply.

This letter serves as notice that dock permit holders will have until August 15, 2019, to salvage their existing docks, associated amenities and landscape/hardscape elements. After the aforementioned date, all remaining docks and landscape/hardscape elements will be removed by the City’s seawall contractor and disposed of. Upon the completion of the new seawall, new dockage will be allowed to be installed in accordance to the City’s revised dock ordinance.

If you have any questions, please contact Juan Carlos Samuel, Project Manager II – Public Works Department Engineering, at 954-828-6323.

Link to Ordinance: Section 8-144 amended First Reading on June 18, 2019


Public Input

Neighbors were invited to a public meeting on the seawall project to get additional information and ask questions on Feb. 26, 2019. A presentation was also made at the May 2, 2019 Marine Advisory Board Meeting. See below for informational materials: 

The City has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions as the City pursues this Community Investment Project to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of flooding on Cordova Road, to provide more consistent access to the Rio Vista neighborhood, and to improve coastal resilience to tidal flooding and sea level rise.

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