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Seawall Design Wetland Restoration Grant Approval Environmental Permitting

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Vizcaya Seawall and Wetland Restoration, Miami, Florida

Cummins | Cederberg was retained to determine potential storm surge impacts and design a wall to prevent damage to a restored historic garden.

The project includes the design, permitting and construction oversight of a shoreline stabilization wall as well as wetland restoration to protect a low-lying restored garden area at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The garden is historical orchidarium in a highly visible area, immediately to the north of the Vizcaya Main House, directly fronting Biscayne Bay.

Vizcaya is one of few public cultural sites in Miami-Dade County with direct access to Biscayne Bay. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark (granted to only 3% of nationally registered historic properties in the United States) in recognition of the property’s importance not only to Miami-Dade County and South Florida, but also to the entire nation. Vizcaya welcomes approximately 174,000 visitors annually and it has hosted numerous high-profile international events and state visits. Vizcaya is accredited by the American Association of Museums, which requires adherence to rigorous professional standards for site maintenance and educational programming.

The seawall is designed to protect a restored historical garden from storm surge, hydrodynamic and wave impacts. As part of the seawall design, an adjacent area invaded with exotic vegetation will be restored to native conditions with planting of species native to the Biscayne Bay wetland environment. The restored wetland will provide educational opportunities pertaining to Miami’s native waterfront environment along with natural protection.

The wetland design will ultimately assist in dissipating wave energy in a non-intrusive way, as well as integrate into the overall master plan. The location and purpose of the wall provided opportunities for grant applications to assist Vizcaya Museum & Garden.

A grant application was prepared, presented and successfully processed with the Florida Inland Navigation District.

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