The day after Hurricane Irma struck Naples, Florida in September 2017, the engineers at Turrell, Hall & Associates, Inc. were on site to assess the seawall failure at Tin City, and an immediate plan of action was put in place to save the historic waterfront shops. THA designed and permitted emergency stabilization of the old seawall and boardwalk, and the shops were able to re-open to the public just 30 days after the hurricane devastated the area.
After the emergency repairs were complete, THA engineers went to work on plans for a new type of seawall that would be able to withstand weather events for years to come. These new plans were permitted with state, federal, and local agencies and regional marine contractors commenced work. After 18 months of diligent effort and careful oversight by the THA marine team, Tin City Waterfront Shops opened the wider, safe boardwalk, which is supported by a new, stronger seawall.