1) Budget for the repair.

Residential If you are a homeowner and need just the shoreline behind your home repaired, we can provide a simple, free estimate by email and or phone to give you a broad idea of how much it could cost.  If you want to fully understand our ideas and process as well, you will need a C.E.S. (Comprehensive Erosion Solution) package from us which usually costs a few hundred dollars or so.

Commercial If you are a community Board Member that has been tasked with addressing erosion problems- congratulations! (sarcasm).  First, you will need to determine if you have money allocated somewhere that can cover the cost of your lakeshore stabilization.  If not, you may need to set up a separate account and begin budgeting for it or look into a commercial loan (very common) or special assessment.  The average community we work with allocates a 6-figure to low-7-figure total budget to stabilize all of their lakes.  We can provide a free estimate for you by email and this comes with one free on-site visit to see your lakes in person.  This free estimate is very basic, but it gives most of our clients a ball park price to budget for.  Many of our clients establish a special “lakes committee” to budget for and oversee the 6-step process outlined at the top of this page.  If you find the initial free estimate to be too basic, you can request a C.E.S. from us which usually cost several hundred dollars into the low-thousands.  KEEP IN MIND: Even if you like our ideas and prices (which you will) state law usually dictates that you have to get at least 2-3 bids so you may need to send our diagram out to other contractors to do your due diligence.

2) Hire an environmental consultant or a civil engineer to create a plan

If you don’t already have a relationship with a professional in this field, ask a neighboring community whom they use.  If this doesn’t work, most communities choose to interview a few companies who specialize in lakeshore stabilization.  REMEMBER: Not all civil engineers have experience in this field, so ask them about their experience and request a list of past projects or references.  You can also give us a call and we can help point you towards a few companies we know of.

3) Send out RFP’s to local marine contractors.

Once your engineer or consultant has quantified your shoreline erosion and discussed which areas are out of compliance with municipal code, they will charge you to put together a diagram, contract, or RFP (Request For Proposal, aka Request For Bid) to send out to at least 2-3 local contractors who are qualified to do the work.  MAKE SURE THEY INCLUDE SEABREEZE IN THE BIDDING!  Also, per Florida Statute Section 718.3026 you may not be required to obtain more than one bid if you elect to go with an erosion solution that only we do such as crushed shell or our Organic Shoreline System.  You should then receive bids from each contractor and be able to discuss them with your engineer or consultant to make an informed decision of whom to go into contract with.

4) Select a contractor to do the work.

Your decision should be based on contract price, your comfort with the erosion solution proposed, the timeframe, and contractor’s ability.  Some great questions to are:

  • How many projects have you done like this in the past?
  • If we hire you, when can you schedule us in?
  • Are you a State Certified Marine Contractor or General Contractor?  (Lawn care, landscaping, and most lake maintenance companies are NOT qualified to do this work, nor are they able to pull Dock & Shoreline permits in Lee County.)
  • Are you insured and can you get a performance bond if asked?
  • What type of warranty do you offer on your work?

5) Obtain any necessary permits

It is up to your engineer or consultant to determine if the work you are doing requires permitting from the county, the State, the Army Corps of Engineers, or South Florida Water Management District.  If so, they will charge you to apply for the permits and navigate the permitting process.  Once the permits are in place, we as the contractor typically go pick them up from the County.  Lee County is very strict on permitting, especially when you are hardening more than 20% of the shoreline of a lake or pond.  Collier County is less strict and usually doesn’t consider our work as “construction” thus permitting is not always required.

6) Schedule and complete the work.

Most shoreline stabilization and lake restoration work can be done in the months of November through May.  Some communities can control their water levels which allows us to work into June.  Littoral plants are best to plant in Spring, although we have planted them in Fall and they do just fine.  It is crucial to find out when each contractor can do the work for you.  Some want to book your months or even years out.  At Seabreeze Erosion Solutions, we have multiple crews and dedicated project managers which allows us to conform to your ideal schedule and Mother Nature’s patterns.  It is crucial to begin the entire process 6-12 months ahead of any anticipated work as it can take that long to do things properly.  We are here to help with any questions you may have and we have professionals who can help you navigate the process to make it as comfortable as possible!

7) Have a good maintenance plan in place.

Once your new shorelines are complete and beautiful, you will need to communicate expectations with your neighborhood lawn care company (if you have one) and your lake maintenance company (we don’t offer maintenance unfortunately).  The good news is we’re here to help!  From brochures to online resources to helpful videos to on-site meetings, we offer a full range of follow-up services (free of charge) to help set you up for long-term success helping to provide decades of effective erosion mitigation.  This helps you protect your new investment and also allows us to keep on good terms with you because we would like to use you as a reference in our future bids.

We look forward to working with you!

“There are exceptions in Section 718.3026, Florida Statutes, to having to obtain competitive bids when usually required including obtaining needed products or services in an emergency (after a hurricane for example) or if there is only one business entity that serves the association within the county as the source of supply. Also, there is nothing in the statute requiring an association to get at least three (3) bids; getting only two (2) competitive bids is all that is required.” – Rob Samouce, P.A, of Samouce & Gal, P.A

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