Public access to the North shore of Sebastian Inlet is closed as crews begin excavating and rehabilitating 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 Tide Pool, at the end of Cove Road. The work includes covering the remains of rusty steel sheet piling with limestone rip rap, and then repairing and replacing a rip rap revetment.
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.
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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 will excavate and rehabilitate 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.
Will the project impact navigation in the Sebastian Inlet Channel?
Navigation will not be impacted. However, boaters should maintain a safe distance from the active work sites.
Will 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.