Local seawall company up to to the challenge, despite space restricitions

Crystal Bay, FL – The challenge of rebuilding a seawall is a massive undertaking in itself. When the project falls within a couple of feet of resident homes, that presents a whole new set of challenges. Crystal Bay Mobile Home Club on the Gulf of Florida, tasked local seawall company Gibson Marine Construction to take the project head on.

Crystal Bay, a 55 and older mobile home community, created a Seawall and Dredging Committee among its residents to research and contract a local company who would serve this unique project best. The committee met with the owner, Eric Swauger, and project manager, Mike Mittler, of Gibson Marine and unanimously decided that based on experience, knowledge and price that Gibson was the one for the job.

The project consisted of replacing approximately 285-feet of existing seawall in the waterfront community. Gibson developed a plan that allowed Crystal Bay to replace the existing seawall with a new vinyl seawall, cap, and tiebacks; also removing and replacing davit pads. Gibson had to work within a tight timeframe since most of the homeowners, whose homes sat so closely to the project worksite, would be affected by noise and minor inconveniences. They agreed to work in the month of July, when most homeowners were out of town.

During Construction
Tight working space on this seawall construction project at Crystal Bay

Becky, the office manager from Crystal Bay said, “Both the job itself and the clean-up process was quite labor intensive and the whole crew put forth an effort above and beyond our committees’ satisfaction.” She also said they would not hesitate to work with Gibson Marine on future projects.

Owner of Gibson Marine Construction Eric Swauger said, “the project was certainly a challenge, but not one we couldn’t handle. Our depth of experience allows us to take on unique projects like Crystal Bay and we’d be happy to continue working with them in the future.” Eric has years of experience in concrete pumping, construction and seawalls combined and the company itself has over 30 years of local experience in marine construction.

Gibson Marine Construction is a state certified general contractor and specializes in building seawalls, docks and installing boat lifts for homeowners, residential communities, resort communities, and developers. For more information about Gibson Marine Construction’s services and experience, please call 727-942-3111.

About Crystal Bay Mobile Home Club: Crystal Bay Mobile Home Club is a lovely 55+ community on the Gulf side of Florida. Conveniently located on ALT 19, it is one of the few waterfront communities left in Florida where each resident owns its own property. The community is approximately 15 miles west of Tampa and about the same distance north of Clearwater Beach. For more information about Crystal Bay, please visit their website at www.crystalbaymhc.com.

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