Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said Friday she is working with a group of federal and state agencies to fix problems at the Pahokee marina that could stall Guy Harvey Outpost’s plan to bring its signature line of resorts to Lake Okeechobee.
McKinlay hosted a meeting Friday with a half-dozen agencies to address wave problems and dredging issues at the marina.
Wave action on the lake has made the marina largely inoperable. County officials say a wave attenuator is needed at the marina to reduce swells and protect docked boats and other vessels.
Harvey’s company has pledged $4 million to fix the marina’s buildings and make other improvements, but the plan requires public money to pay for the attenuator.
Those at Friday’s meeting included the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office, the City of Pahokee, and the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce.
County officials are also expected to discuss the wave and dredging problems with state lawmakers during the year’s legislative session.
“I’m very excited about the possibilities that await Pahokee with the recent Guy Harvey Outpost proposal for the marina,” McKinlay said Friday. “This will be an incredible economic engine for the entire Glades area.”
Pahokee commissioners voted Tuesday to begin negotiating with Harvey’s resort chain, which was one of two companies vying for the chance to take over operations of the city-owned marina, campground and restaurant. City officials and Harvey’s team have begun negotiating the terms of a rental agreement for the marina site, the county said.
Restoration of the Pahokee marina is critical to the long-term economic health of the Glades region, the county said.
Harvey’s vision for the marina would have an economic impact of more than $27 million over the next five years, county officials have said.