Brevard County Shore Protection Project underway
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that the Brevard County Shore Protection Project is underway.
The project will renourish approximately 13.4 miles of shoreline using 1.1 million cubic yards of sand from the Canaveral Shoals Borrow Area II. Contractors will place sand on the North Reach (9.6 miles) and South Reach (3.8 miles). The North Reach is from Cape Canaveral through Cocoa Beach south to the northern end of Patrick Air Force Base. The South Reach includes the towns of Indialantic and Melbourne Beach.
Benefits from the project include reduced damage to property and infrastructure caused by future storm events and to ensure the beach is suitable for recreation and wildlife habitat.
The beach will remain open to residents and visitors outside the work areas. The contractor expects to temporarily close at least 1,000 feet of beach at a time during the renourishment project. Public access over the dredging pipes will occur roughly 200 to 300 feet. Swimmers and surfers are strongly encouraged to avoid the construction area to avoid injury.
The Corps asks the public to use caution around construction areas and to be patient with temporary construction noise as the project progresses. Residents living close to the beach and near the active construction will likely hear heavy equipment and backup alarms.
The project is intended to restore the shoreline back to its designed level of storm protection that existed prior to the erosion from Hurricane Matthew and Irma. Benefits from the project include reduced damage to property and infrastructure, and to ensure the beach is suitable for recreation and wildlife habitat.
The cost of the project is $17.5 million and is 100 percent federally funded. Project completion is set for April 1st (weather pending).
Project updates will be available on the Jacksonville District website, and our social media pages facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict and twitter.com/JaxStrong.