Although not even officially summer, the city of
The district has awarded the Sandbridge Hurricane Protection and Beach Renourishment project contract to
The investment for this renourishment cycle is
"The city of
The project is expected to begin around mid-November with completion based on contractor equipment availability - a deferment from its original timetable.
"While the plan was to complete this construction prior to
Due to the government shutdown last year, the district was unable to execute an agreement with the
Mazur said the city and district then shifted focus to the
Due to a higher likelihood that operations could injure or kill sea turtles, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act, dredging restriction in place from
In accordance with the Endangered Species Act and the
Crews will work daily in 500 to 1,000-feet sections. The beach will be inaccessible in small construction areas for 24-48 hours at a time as crews proceed.
The action involves an area approximately 5 miles long and 725 feet wide. It extends from the
The previous storm-damage project was completed in 2013. Due to natural coastal impacts and multiple smaller storms, the sand placed in 2013 has eroded and the infrastructure behind the beach berm will be at risk in the event of a large storm.
"The wider beach berm reduces the impacts from wave run-up that causes damage to homes and infrastructure along the coast, as well as flood damage," Mazur said. "Ensuring the beach is nourished and protected before winter storms is critical."
Beachgoers can expect to see pipes, safety fencing in active construction areas and other heavy construction equipment required for grading.
Frequent updates about the project's status will be maintained on