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Shoreline stabilization project closes public access to area

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Looking west at the north shore stabilization project on Jun 27, 2022.

Public access to the North shore of Sebastian Inlet is closed during the rehabilitation of approximately 655 linear feet of continuous stabilization.

The North Shore portion of the project, damaged in the wake of Hurricane Dorian in 2019, is just west of the tidepool, at the end of Cove Road. The work includes covering the remains of rusty steel sheet piling with limestone, and then repairing and replacing a rip rap revetment.

The contractor has completed placing the toe stones along the north shore. This technique secures the lower portion of the bank so that it becomes stabilized over time. With stone toe protection, a row of stone is placed at the toe of an eroding bank, parallel to the inlet channel. The "toe" lies at the bottom of the slope and supports the weight of the bank. 

Park visitors should use caution when walking or parking near the tidepool beach as dumptrucks delive rock for the project.

Areas along the South Shore will also be repaired, starting beneath the catwalk under the State Road A1A Bridge and proceeding west to the T-Dock.

The project is expected to wrap up at the end of August. 

Look for weekly updates on this page. 

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The north shoreline as it appeared on May 13, 2002, prior to the commencement of the stabilization project. 
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The north  shoreline  stabilization project on June 2, 2022. 

 

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Toe stone section  nears completion on June 27, 2022.
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This temporary gate blocking the parking lot at the end of Cove Road  will remain closed until the North shore  stabilization is complete. (Photo taken May 11, 2022)

 Fast Facts about the North and South Shoreline Stabilization Project

What is the purpose of the North and South Shoreline Stabilization Project?

The Sebastian Inlet District is chartered to maintain the shorelines surrounding the  inlet.  Hurricanes Mathew (2016) and Dorian (2019) eroded portions of the north and south shorelines along the Sebastian Inlet Channel. This project will stabilize both the north and south shorelines by adding new rock and prevent waves from washing upland materials into the inlet channel.

What is the projected timeline for the project?

Work began on May 11 at the north shore, just west of the Tide Pool, at the end of Cove Road.  The south shoreline is anticipated to begin by early July. The contractor performing the work is Sea & Shoreline, LLC. 

What is involved in stabilizing the North and South shorelines, respectively?

The contractor is currently excavating and rehabilitating approximately 655 linear feet of continuous stabilization along the North Shore of Sebastian Inlet.  The work includes covering the remains of the relic steel seawall near the tide pool with limestone rip rap, and then constructing a rip-rap revetment.

Several areas of the existing riprap along the South Shore will also be repaired by adding additional rock.  Repairs will include the catwalk under the State Road A1A Bridge and proceeding west to the T-Dock. 

Does the project impact navigation in the Sebastian Inlet Channel?

Navigation is not impacted.  However, boaters should maintain a safe distance from the active work sites.

Does the project impact recreational activities, such as bank fishing, during construction?

In the interest of public health and safety, areas of the park where active construction and rock staging is occurring is temporarily closed to public.   

 

When is the project expected to be completed?

Work is expected to wrap up at the end of August 2022.

 

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 $1.1 million.