Belvedere Lagoon’s Failing Bulkheads

Officials in charge of maintaining the Belvedere Lagoon are pushing homeowners to bulk up their waterside retaining walls to prevent soil erosion and collapse — a problem that could reduce the lagoon’s capacity and lead to flooding during storms.

The Belvedere Lagoon Property Owners’ Association said about 42 percent of lagoon residents either don’t have bulkheads or have ones needing replacement, a figure that jumps to 56 percent when including bulkheads in poor condition.

The association is working with the city to require homeowners who do certain construction projects check to make sure they have bulkheads capable of bearing the load on the lot.

Additionally, it is looking to streamline the permitting process so residents who want to replace a deteriorating bulkhead can do so quickly.

Read the full article in this week’s Ark Newspaper