Formally the Wildflower restaurant, the Wildflower Park needs some serious work done and the city is prepared to begin the process. The intention is to replace the 386-foot long seawall protecting the property due to current deterioration. As the wall’s foundation decreases, our risk of coastal erosion or other serious damages increases.
During the City Council Meeting on November 27th, Applied Technology and Management Inc. was approved to handle the aforementioned substitution. Under Order No. 71, the city has requested design, bid assistance, and construction phase services for the wall replacement.
The wall is to be rebuilt in accordance with Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Building Code Requirements.
We need the protection! Potential damages such as coastal erosion, harsh impacts from waves and even storm surges are all mitigated because of the wall. Without the replacement, there is a possibility that chunks of land from the Wildflower property may fall into the ocean.
As the property has been under observation by the Boca community waterfront park, the city finds much value in this site. Some residents may wonder if the seawall construction will have an effect on the plans for the property and vice-versa.
During the meeting, however, Boca Raton City Council Member Andrea L. O’Rourke wanted to assure the public that the wall replacement is both greatly needed and will not interfere with any choices for the waterfront park.
“The work order will have us moving forward with the engineering and the design of the seawall but this will not necessarily take into consideration what the design of the wildflower park is going to be,” said O’Rourke. “There is a lot of work that needs to be done. This is an almost 400-foot seawall and it goes deep so there is a lot of work to do.”
Let’s get to work Boca Raton!