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3 Indian River County beaches closed for storm repairs before turtle nesting season

Posted on January 11, 2023

After being hit by hurricanes Ian and Nicole in 2022, beaches in Indian River County are in need of repairs.

Starting Monday, Tracking Station, Golden Sands and Ambersands will be closed as crews begin emergency refurbishment.

The county has limited time to complete the repairs, as they must be finished by the end of February to avoid conflicting with turtle nesting season, which begins in March.

The hardest hit beaches were Tracking Station and Golden Sands, with Tracking Station losing around 10 feet of sand and much of its boardwalk.

To repair the beaches, crews will be adding more sand to the dunes to help with erosion. The county’s ocean rescue team has emphasized the importance of the turtles in the area for tourism and the need to avoid heavy equipment on the beach during the repair work.

Video : Indian River County officials assess beach erosion damages, open few beaches to public

“The turtles around this area are important for tourism. People like to come look at the turtle nest, and there are some endangered turtles around. So we don’t want any heavy equipment on the beach,” said Chris Henderson from Indian River County Ocean Rescue.

Only Tracking Station, Golden Sands and Ambersands will be closed starting Tuesday for the repairs. The closure times for the remaining beaches across the county will be determined as the restoration work progresses.

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