The originally propsed Seawall Ordinance has been revised in preparation for the first of two readings at the June 7 commission meeting.

The major changes from the original proposal are:

Eliminates the requirement to bring current seawalls into compliance with new minimum height unless they undergo "substantial repair"

       Adds definitions for seawall, North American Vertical Datum and rip rap;

       Sets a minimum seawall elevation at 3.9 feet NAVD88 (current allowable max);

       Recommends design of seawall for future height adjustment;

       Sets an allowable maximum height of the seawall based on a property’s base flood elevation;

       Requires seawall reconstruction to the minimum elevation if the substantial repair threshold is triggered;

       Requires maintaining seawalls in good repair and sets a timeline of 365 days for completion of repairs if cited;

       Requires owners to prevent tidal waters entering their property from impacting others and sets a timeline of 365 days for remedy if cited;

       Allows fixed docks to extend 10 inches above the adjacent seawall; and

       Allows for floating docks  and requires them to be permitted and permanently attached.

Key Changes from the May 3 version presented at Commission Conference:

1)            Minor text changes in the title and preamble;

2)            Addition of a definition for Rip Rap;

3)            Allowing property owners with a finished floor elevation of less than 3.9 feet NAVD88 to seek a waiver from the City Engineer to construct a lower seawall;

4)            Technical clarification related to the impermeability of the seawall to tidal flows; and

5)            Relaxing of the requirement to design for future extension of the seawall to a recommendation for design.


Read the full ordinance pdfhere