Posted on January 17, 2024
Jacksonville District to mobilize mid-February for re-nourishment of St. Augustine Beach
Jacksonville District expects to begin equipment mobilization in mid-February, 2024, for the re-nourishment of the St. Johns County, St. Augustine Beach, federal shore protection project. Mobilization will begin with the establishment of a staging area at Pope Road. Sand placement is expected to commence in early March.
The re-nourishment will place approximately 2.5 million cubic yards of sand on critically eroded beaches within the city of St. Augustine Beach, extending three miles from Anastasia State Park at the north to the vicinity of A Street at the southern end of the shoreline.
The $33 million contract is 100 percent federally funded with Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies monies.
The main staging area for the project will be located at Pope Road with additional beach access at A Street. Sand will be dredged from a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved offshore borrow located 6 nautical miles offshore.
Detailed work schedules and progress maps will be posted to this page and broadcast through Jacksonville District social media channels as they become available.
Federal Shore Protection Project at St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns Co., Florida
The ocean shoreline of St. Johns County is approximately 42 miles long. The St. Johns County Shore Protection Project for St. Augustine Beach will renourish eroded shoreline between the southern limits of Anastasia State Park to a point 3.9 miles south of St. Augustine Inlet.
The purpose of the project is to mitigate for down-drift shoreline impacts caused by the Federal navigation channel at St. Augustine Inlet, and provide storm damage reduction for upland development. The cost sharing for this project is 80.5 percent federal and 19.5 percent non-federal, due to impacts of the federal navigation channel to the downdrift beach. The renourishment cycle for the project is every 5 years.
The next beach re-nourishment, which will address the 2022 impact of Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole, will be 100 percent funded by the federal government under a Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies authority. Jacksonville District plans to complete all permitting coordination with its partner agencies by Feb. 10, 2023 and award a contract for the project in autumn 2023.
Beach re-nourishment is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2024.