By Mary Hladky

The city will raise docks at Silver Palm Park so they no longer will be inundated with water during king tides.
The project will cost about $470,000, including engineering and design work. City officials will have a firm number soon.
City Council member Monica Mayotte raised the issue with city staff after seeing the docks under water during recent king tides.
Other council members agreed with her at an Oct. 26 meeting that this work should be part of building a connected Wildflower/ Silver Palm Park at a cost of $8.25 million.
“It’s a lot of money,” said council member Andy Thomson. “But … we have taken the stance we take climate change in the form of higher tides seriously. If we are going to be serious about making our city resilient, this is a no-brainer.”
“The longer we wait, the more expensive this gets,” Mayotte said.
The work will include raising the decking along the Intracoastal Waterway, raising the boat ramp dock and building a floating dock at the boat launch.
The city is building a higher sea wall at the Wildflower site, but such work is not needed at Silver Palm, city officials said.
The dock work will not affect the January start of the 6.4-acre Wildflower/Silver Palm park project.

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