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Mayor of Dauphin Island gives update on efforts to widen East End beach

Construction will focus on areas that have eroded.

Posted on April 1, 2024

If you took a trip to Dauphin Island’s East End beach recently, you may have run into a sign about a dune restoration project.

Mayor Jeff Collier says efforts are underway to the make the beach bigger, adding about 350 feet.

“We’re very proud to partner with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,” said Collier. “They actually submitted the funding for this particular project around $23 million.”

Construction will focus on restoring one mile of the island. Collier says that area where birds flock had suffered erosion and degradation over the years as a result of storms and other issues.

Speaking of storms, Collier says Tuesday’s rain and flooding had little to no impact on the project timeline.

“They do include down days as far as weather conditions, they’ve had some mechanical issues and all that’s pretty common with these types of projects,” adds Collier.

While construction continues, he says portions of the beach will be temporarily closed and asks islanders to refrain from walking on newly constructed dunes.

Collier anticipates the main part of construction to be finished.


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