Maybe you have noticed that our Bulkhead Project is well on the way.  By the time you get this O’Quinn Marine will have completed at least three weeks of work, the fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) sheet piling is nearing completion and the dirt backfilling will have started.  

There is some time-consuming work to do yet, such as: placing of the piling at the dock entry, blocking out some of the trees that have been undercut so that the roots don’t get damaged by too much fill, completion of the area just north of the ramp where they have cut back the bluff about 12’ to open up the ramp area and installation of the piling between the dock and the ramps.  And, following all of this they will fasten a FRP cap on top of most of the piling to finish it off.

As the dirt backfill is being completed we will be addressing the requirements of the Landscape Plan that the County specifies for environmentally sensitive areas to help control erosion and storm water runoff.   

There will be numerous native grasses and other plants to be placed in the dirt fill along the bulkhead.   In addition, we will be planting (4) 2.5” diameter hardwood trees within the 50’ buffer from the water.  These are required as mitigation for the deceased Laurel Oak trees we had to remove.

There is now a donation opportunity for the landscaping.  If you want to donate a tree (around $500) or a series of plants, it will be much appreciated by the board and make a positive effect on the project budget.

This major investment by BYSC will run roughly $300,000, but there will be no additional cost to members.  We are financing most of this through a mortgage, which is planned to be paid off in less than 10 years.

There were two objectives driving this project: one was to stop the erosion of our shoreline from storms and high water and the other was to save the Live Oak trees that have been undercut by the same erosion.  In the process we will gain as much as 15 feet of property horizontally that will be backfilled behind the wall.  This will be planted for erosion control and will be usable for viewing the water and a special gathering near the flagpole. 

The Board had decided to tackle the entire project at one time while interest rates are low.  This entire project includes the curved route in the cove near the cottage while we have the chance since we are not sure of future environmental rules.  This area is being designated a “wetland” as water continues to rise toward the trees and cottage in this location during spring tides or storms at high tide.  The Live Oak trees in that area would eventually be killed if we don’t stop the saltwater incursion on the tree roots.

Note that there will be opportunities for volunteers to assist in the landscaping process starting possibly late March.  Gary Noble and his Grounds committee will be heading this up.

If you have additional questions you can email me at fponti@islc.net

Frank P.

2/20/2021