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J. Foster Consulting

Welcome to J. Foster Consulting

Nothing pains us more than seeing shoddy workmanship, or having to fix a crumbling, 10-year-old seawall that should have lasted a lifetime. That’s why, when you need expert advice, you should call Foster first.


Our team of field specialists, permitting and utility experts, and structural designers work together to address your seawall and dock project questions, saving you time and money. We’re about more than projects, however, we’re about people. We’re as committed to your peace of mind as we are committed to our craft.


Whether you need seawall, bulkhead, or dock designs, we’ve got you covered–and we only use the finest, time-proven materials for the job:

  • Steel
  • Concrete
  • Vinyl
  • Composite
  • Aluminum
  • Wood


Put all of this together, and you’re getting a top-quality project that is long lasting, budget conscious and eco-friendly. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing your property is protected, and our customers know they, their homes or businesses, and their families are safe.


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Waterfront Development


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Our Services

Unbiased Expertise You Can Trust, Every Time

We inspect, design and consult with commercial property clients and homeowners alike—but we’re not in the construction business—so we have no reason to recommend repairs or replacements that aren’t absolutely necessary. If it doesn’t benefit you, it doesn’t benefit us.


Some contractors make big profits by using cheap materials and rushing their work. Naturally, this is how docks and seawalls fail.


Save money and minimize future repairs by calling us first! You’ll get unbiased expertise you can trust, guaranteed.

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We're proud to partner with a wide range of residential and commercial clients. This is why we do what we do — your safety is our greatest success.

In early 2021, we started to see indications that there might be an issue with our seawall. This was a concern for us so, we felt it best to contract with an expert to provide an assessment. This is where our relationship with JFoster started. The assessment was extremely professional and also enlightening to us. The life expectancy and the potential ramifications if there were a catastrophic failure to the seawall, were eye-opening. Our immediate desire was to start the process for delivering a solution and it was extremely important to us to minimize risk. We also want to have trust in the teams that we were to hire. This was the point in time when I believe we made the first important decision. We hired JFoster to come in and assist us. JFoster created a very specific design that all construction companies to be considered would need to comply with. They guided us and managed the bid process and provided insights as to how best to choose the proper company. The choice was up to us but we were armed with information that helped us to make a good choice. We believe that we made a very good choice in choosing Florida Structural Group but that was not the end of our involvement with JFoster. JFoster ensured quality at every significant stage of the construction process and signed off at each stage. They confirmed that everything completed was in compliance with their specification. In the end they provided a document that confirmed the results as positive. During the construction cycle, JFoster worked well with our Constriction team; both sides working to ensure a proper delivery. Our project was completed in Q1 of this year (2022), ahead of schedule. The professionalism, due diligence and technical acumen of JFoster was a significant factor in our success. One of our most important things was to minimize risk and JFoster ensured that. Our trust for their ability and their desire for a quality outcome was gained early on. The project went better than I could have expected and I am grateful that we were able to have JFoster as part of our team. I highly recommend JFoster to anyone in this area who either is in need of a new seawall or is uncertain as to their seawall status.

    Bob Humes

    Retired President, Apollo Beach Condo

    Three factors caused our selection of J Foster to become our ‘go-to’ firm for engineering projects. First, Foster demonstrated a unique collaboration style through listening and communicating that developed into a team mentality between our respective organizations. Second, their critical thinking ability buttressed through their experience with several seawall projects allowed them to dive into our seawall challenge to mold a thoughtful and cost-effective solution. Lastly, J Foster was determined to complete the project within the suspense, while remaining reflective about their work.

      Gary Schamburg

      CAM Community Manager Americana Cove

      Our community faced the complexities of a failed construction project. The problems were serious and no viable options were at hand. After an extensive search, we hired J. Foster Consulting to advise us. It was the best decision we ever made. Joe Foster used a hands-on approach to research, document and provide an innovative and technically superior solution. Lauren Foster guided our board through the difficult task of building consensus with our concerned unit owners. Foster provided a comprehensive approach that far exceeded our expectations. Under their guidance, the project was completed six weeks ahead of schedule and one-half million dollars under the previous budget. Our community was in serious trouble and J. Foster Consulting saved us. If you hire them I am confident it will be the best decision your community could make as well.

        Dr. R. Frank Lee

        Villages at Stella Maris Master Association. Inc.

        Just a note again to say thank you for awesome and very last moment service with our seawall report.  I'd be honored to refer out your business to anyone in need of your superb services!!

          Daniel Brzycki

          I needed a written report on the condition of a seawall and dock for a property I was buying, and I needed it fast. I called Joe, and he came over, spent more than an hour underwater inspecting them carefully, and the next day I had just what I needed, as well as Joe's suggestions for preventive maintenance to extend the useful lives of both. Joe is very knowledgeable and very professional. It is the start of a long-term relationship with Joe for all my marine consulting needs.

            Larry Gibbs

            Joe Foster of Foster Consulting provided inspection services of our seawall. This inspection required him to definitively locate where the soil was leaking which was causing a sinkhole in our parking lot. Mr. Foster was prompt, professional and gave us clear direction of the course of action we needed to take to seal the leak and thereafter how to repair the parking lot. We would recommend without any reservation Foster Consulting and their lead engineer Joe Foster.

              Larry Hurwitz

              Chair, Budget/Finance Committee Island Pointe Condominium Association

              Mr. Foster provided marine engineering services for the demolition and reconstruction of the Bird Key Yacht Club’s 50 slip marina in Sarasota, Florida. His professionalism was exceptional—knowledgeable, responsive and cost effective. He was particularly effective during the value-engineering process…allowing us to be under budget. I highly recommend Foster Consulting to anyone embarking on a marina project…large or small.

                Brian McCarthy

                Rear Admiral, SC, USNR Owner’s Representative & Board of Governors Bird Key Yacht Club Sarasota, FL

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