Duval County Shore Protection Project Update

Dredging and sand fill placement along the Jacksonville Beaches was completed on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  The dredging contractor will be removing the construction equipment off of the beach during the next two weeks.  The beach is being "tilled" (to loosen the dredged sand for marine turtle nesting).

About 5,000 cubic yards of additional sand have been stockpiled to the dune between 14th and 17th Avenues South.  The plan is for this 5,000 c.y. of sand to be transferred by trucks, along the beach, to repair specific areas of dune erosion between 18th and 27th Avenues South, more or less.  The City of Jacksonville accepted bids on that truck-haul work on May 30, 2017.

Planting of dune vegetation is anticipated to begin on June 6 and continue through about August 15, 2017.  Approximately, 620,000 native dune plants will be installed, including 589,000 sea oats and 31,000 plants of railroad vine, dune sunflower and panic grass.  The dune vegetation will occur in Neptune Beach to North Jacksonville Beach between 1st Street in Atlantic Beach and 8th Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach around June 6-16.  Planting in central/south Jacksoniville Beach, from 8th Avenue North to the CountyLine, is scheduled for July 18 - August 15.  Actual dates will vary.

In all, the 2016/17 renourishment will have placed about 860,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach plus nearly 200,000 cubic yards of sand to repair the dunes - all within 6.5 months after Hurricane Matthew passed the First Coast on October 7, 2016.

Get project updates, a project overview, and project history at the Duval County 2016 Beach Renourishment Information website: http://olsen-associates.com/duval/ or http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Shore-Protection/Duval-County/.

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