Breakwater Project (2007-2010)
We recognized the critical need to replace our crumbling breakwater structure and a committee began working on a replacement project early in 2007. The breakwater committee spent the next twenty-two (22) months seeking permits, working out financing scenarios, and designing a replacement "Wave Attenuator." The design, construction, and labor involved in completing this project were extensive. It took a tremendous commitment - financially and physically - to complete the project in a required timely manner.
On November 21, 2008, the Corps of Engineers issued their approval of the project, and construction began soon after. The first phase of construction included building and floating into place the first 3 of 15 sections of the wave attenuator. The Corps of Engineers permit allowed us to perform "in-the-water" work only from December 1 through February 15, which required construction crews to work every weekend until the project was completed.
It was recognized fairly early on that the labor requirements were vast, so at the December 2008 board meeting authorization was given to contract with a commercial welding company to construct the three sections of steel frame and deliver them to the club. This allowed us to meet the time we had for getting the attenuator sections in the water.
A call was placed to all members able to help on the weekends of February 7 and 8, and February 14 and 15, to move the three steel structures into the
water, bolt the baffles to the sides of the steel frames, bolt the 3 sections together and float Phase I of the attenuator into place. The turnout was great, and the assembly and flotation of the three sections was completed on February 15 in spite of the unusually cold winter.