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Summer Haven River Dredging Gets $2.8 Million in Funding

Posted on March 24, 2016

By Sheldon Gardner,

ST. AUGUSTINE | Florida’s budget includes more than $2.8 million for the Summer Haven River, a water body that once mingled with the Matanzas Inlet but is now filled with sand.

The funding will go toward dredging and restoration of the river, a once-popular recreation spot.

“We will have the Summer Haven River back,” Sen. Travis Hutson said on Monday.

The river began filling with sand after dunes were breached in 2008, according to a previous St. Augustine Record report. People in the community and elsewhere have pushed for the river’s restoration.


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