Why is Sebastian Inlet District placing sand on a section of beach south of the inlet?
The Sebastian Inlet District is responsible for bypassing sand that migrates into the inlet system to downdrift beaches per the Florida Beach & Shore Preservation Act, and conducts periodic dredging, channel maintenance and sand placement projects about every 4 to 5 years. This Upland Sand Truck Haul and Beach Placement Project is part of our ongoing implementation of the Sebastian Inlet Management Plan.
Where will sand be placed?
The project will place approximately 30,000 cubic yards of approved beach-compatible sand from an upland mine to a 1.5-mile stretch of beach that begins approximately 1,500 feet south of Ambersand Beach Park north to the McLarty Treasure Museum.
When will the project begin?
Work is set to begin on January 6, 2023. All construction will occur outside sea turtle nesting season which run from March 1st – October 31st each year.
Is this project a response to sand losses caused by hurricanes Ian and Nicole?
No. This project was planned in advance of the hurricanes to support implementation of our adopted Sebastian Inlet Management Plan. Per our charter, the District is not charged with beach nourishment projects to mitigate sand losses due to storms, but we are responsible for offsetting sand interrupted by the Sebastian Inlet, which is the purpose of this project.
How will the project be constructed?
An estimated 1,760 dump trucks will deliver beach compatible from an upland sand mine in Fort Pierce to the designated beach access north of the project area. Next, the sand will be transported and graded using heavy equipment along the project area on the beach.
Will the project limit access on the beach?
At times, yes. There may be temporary beach access/crossover closures when equipment is present and shaping the beach. Construction personnel will be on site in safety vests and hard hats. Please move away from the construction site if they ask. Also, please do not disturb any grades stakes that mark where the contractor is placing sand.
Why not just pump sand from the ocean onto the beach instead of trucking it in?
We typically only dredge sand impounded by the inlet. Given the sand quantity designed for supplemental projects, it is more economical to truck in sand then pump from an offshore borrow source. Mobilizing a dredge and supporting pipe could be several million dollars.
What are the hours of operation?
Hours of work on the beach are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When is the project expected to be completed?
The project is expected to be completed on March 1, 2023.
How is the project funded and what is the cost?
The project is funded by the Sebastian Inlet District through ad valorem taxes. The total project cost is approximately $1.37 million. The District is eligible and has applied for a 50 percent cost-share match from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Beach Management Assistance Program.
How can I receive future updates on the project?
Please go to the projects page found on the District website www.sitd.us and follow us on Facebook @sebastianinletdistrict
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