Purdy Ave Docks Closed for Repairs

Sunset Harbour

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Purdy Ave Docks Closed for Repairs:

Severe distress noted

All three concrete boat docks at Maurice Gibb Park on Purdy Avenue have been temporarily closed “due to the severity of the concrete spalling and the life safety threat it poses to the public.” In a Letter to Commission this week, City Manager Jimmy Morales wrote the City-owned docks closed on August 22 following an engineering evaluation which indicated the docks “show significant signs of distress.”
 
The evaluation noted severe corrosion of the steel reinforcement which is “beginning to de-bond from the concrete,” according to Morales. “Based on the field observations of the deterioration, it is [the engineer's] recommendation to close the… docks until appropriate repairs can be made.”

 
City of Miami Beach photos of dock deterioration


“The cost proposals requested incorporate the full scope of work to remediate and repair the docks in the most expeditious method,” Morales said. “Budget has been made aware of this situation and they are currently working on allocating the estimated funds for the plans, permits and repairs. The temporary closure will be in place until all of the remedial work is completed and the docks are deemed safe again.”
 
City spokeswoman Melissa Berthier filled in some of the details in an email to RE:MiamiBeach, “While Property Management was on a normal call for maintenance to repair a light, they found major spalling and concrete damage. This prompted them to retain a structural engineer, who provided us with their opinion.”
 
Berthier said, “There were no funds in the Capital Budget for Purdy Docks. However, in order to move quickly, necessary repairs will be paid for from existing appropriation from the Maurice Gibb Park project. Whatever funds are needed will later be added back to the project from Resort Tax-Quality of Life funds in a future capital budget amendment.”

As to the scope of work, she said, “We will rebuild the marine patrol dock, and significantly improve the condition of the others based on repair guidelines prepared by BCC Engineering—the firm retained by the city.”

The schedule for the repairs and re-opening is unknown but, Berthier said, “We are working as fast as we can with our contractors and engineering team.” There are no official counts on how many people use the docks on a regular basis but, she said, there should be little impact as accommodations have been made with neighboring Sunset Harbor Marina for Marine Patrol and other boats.

Commercial operations are not allowed at the Purdy docks, however, a jet ski operator has gotten creative and is operating from a floating dock (below). The City did not respond back to the question about this particular operator, but Berthier told us there have been complaints about commercial use of the marina and Code Compliance is working with Park Rangers and Marine Patrol to curb them. That said, on Friday afternoon there was a Park Ranger watching as a large group, some with life jackets on, hailed the operators on the floating dock over to the Purdy boat ramp. 
 

 

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