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Jacksonville District signs Feasibility Cost Share Agreement for the St. Augustine, Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

Posted on January 11, 2023

Colonel James Booth of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District and Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline of the City of St. Augustine officially marked the start of a comprehensive study to address ongoing coastal flooding within the city limits.

“We recognize that we are entering into a partnership that aims to preserve and protect St. Augustine’s storied history, and in doing so, become a part of that history,” Jacksonville District Commander, Col. James Booth said. “I can pledge to you today that the Corps of Engineers will bring to this partnership the highest level of experience the city could possibly find and a team of scientists, planners and engineers whose professionalism and dedication to the endeavor are second to none.”

The St. Augustine Back Bay Study will focus on present and future vulnerabilities of the historic coastal city and devise the best possible plan to mitigate future storm damage along the coast by reinforcing and refurbishing a coastal regime that will stand the test of time.

For updates and information on other USACE studies and projects, go to the Jacksonville District website ( and social media platforms (


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