Florida Southern College is building a covered dock on Lake Hollingsworth that will offer more protection for the school’s boats and an area for watching water ski shows.
The dock, boasting a covered area of 1,923 square feet, will replace two aging, uncovered docks that total 1,208 square feet, according to plans approved by the Lakeland City Commission.
The previous docks were used mostly by the water ski team, but the new dock will include a canoe/kayak launch and also shelter a pontoon boat used for science programs, according to Terry Dennis, FSC vice president for finance and administration.
“If they want to take students out on the lake to look at plant growth or something of that nature, they’ll have that to use,” he said.
“The dock will extend farther out into the lake than the existing one,” Dennis said. “You’ll walk down about halfway through the walking part of the dock and to the right, there will be a rectangular area for people to watch the ski team or for the team to sit and take a break. Towards the other end there are attachments where we can put kayaks and canoes and a ramp that can push the canoe into the water. Then there is the big rectangular piece that will have a cover over it with boat lifts that can help pull the boats out of the water. It will make the boats better protected.”
The new dock is being built across from the foot of Ingraham Avenue.
A sprinkler system had to be added to the project because of changes made to the state fire code, Dennis said. “The new regulations required that if you have an area of a certain square footage that’s under a roof, you are required to have a sprinkler system,” he said.
In addition to city permits, the college had to receive state permits because the dock would affect the shoreline, Dennis said.
Dennis said that he was approached by friends of the college whose children were on the water ski team about a more protected boat dock. The college had also gotten inquiries from alumni about possible funding, he said.
Dennis declined to disclose the cost of the dock.
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