RESIDENTIAL MARGINAL DOCK
Tahiti Beach, Florida
Date of Completion
At the entrance channel to the Coral Gables Waterway, the exclusive community of Tahiti Beach is home to some of the most exclusive properties to be found anywhere in Florida. When the owners of one of the last undeveloped parcels in this enclave of the elite sought to create permanent dockage for their yacht, they selected Shoreline Foundation for the job.
In an effort to minimize the impact on the marine ecosystem which had become established on rock boulders placed in front of the bulkhead 20 years earlier, the dock was sized at 5 feet in width and 100 feet in length. The owners required that the dock be constructed to the same standards as the adjacent Cocoplum Yacht Club and feature concrete pilings and a concrete perimeter deck with an inlay of the tropical hardwood Ipe. The inlay was designed to permit a minimum of 41% of the available sunlight to penetrate through the decking and into the water below. This sunlight is critical to the wellbeing of the seagrasses, corals, and other marine organisms residing under the dock.
The Ipe deck inlay panels were meticulously assembled like fine cabinetry, in sections which could be removed to provide access to the utility lines located below. Custom power pedestals were equipped to supply power, cable, and water. All 316 grade stainless steel hardware was used throughout the dock and decking, with retractable aluminum ladders serving to provide egress from the water. Large diameter greenheart pilings were driven to refusal and serve as the fender and mooring piles.
At the end of the project the owners were eager to thank Shoreline Foundation for constructing a structure worthy of their investment.