Dredge boat in the water next to an area marked off with bouys
Sand being pumped onto a beach in Boca Raton.
Dredging boat in the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton

Helpful Information

  • The Dredge and support vessel monitors VHF channel 68 during operation
  • Local knowledge of the inlets is strongly recommended for safe passage
  • The Boca Raton Inlet continually shoals and creates hazardous navigation conditions for boaters  
  • Monitor weather and sea state when operating in this area

Continued Maintenance

The City conducts continuous interior inlet maintenance dredging to transfer sand past the inlet and to maintain the inlet for navigation purposes. The dredging is conducted by a City-owned dredge and crew. The material dredged from the inlet is placed above the mean high water line of the beaches 500 feet south of the southern jetty of the inlet.

  • While dredging operation is ongoing the dredge will display day marks as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for a “R.A.M.” Vessel (Vessel Restricted in Ability to Maneuver).
  • The dredge and the discharge pipe including the support vessel (Tug) may temporarily impede and block the flow of traffic in the Inlet Channel.
  • The normal dredge operation occurs during the week.
  • Tuesdays to Fridays during daylight hours only. 
  • The dredge, when not pumping, is anchored in the inlet just south of the Inlet Bridge.
  • The dredge tug is docked at Silver Palm Park when not in use.