FEMA Dune Enhancement Project

FEMA Dune Enhancement Project

Announcements

Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park Update – Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park will no longer be utilized as a staging site for FEMA Dune Enhancement Project by mid-May. Full public use of the parking lot and beach access is anticipated to be reinstated by May 20, 2022. St. Johns County's contractor, CHC, will continue to work on the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project with proposed completion by October 2022. Beach visitors are encouraged to exercise caution near areas of construction.

Update

FEMA Dune Enhancement Project – The FEMA Dune Enhancement project has experienced a delay to the schedule. The construction contractor, Continental Heavy Civil (CHC), informed the County, as a result of a nationwide truck driver shortage, that they would not be able to complete the project by the contracted date of March 31, 2022. Talks between the contractor and the County have reached a resolution and extend the contract through the end of October 2022.

The area between Mickler's Landing and Guana State Park is currently receiving sand with that section of beach scheduled for completion by late April 2022. Sand Placement Progress Map

Non-project Beach updates can be heard on the Beach Services Hotline at 904-209-0331.


The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an approximately $34 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dune enhancement project on Tuesday, June 15.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the coastline dunes in Ponte Vedra Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach, and the southern three-quarters of a mile in Crescent Beach. The emergency dune enhancements provide extra protection to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, and function as an added defense for our coastline against future storm events. Due to the volume of sand authorized by FEMA, trucking was the only viable construction option. There may be intermittent beach closures within designated work areas due to sand placement, tidal conditions, and other public safety-related factors.

Sand placement began in October, 2021. St. Johns County will still accept easements from property owners as long as the request is made before the project reaches the property related to that particular easement.

A portion of Cornerstone Park in Ponte Vedra is being be used as a staging area for the project. Full public use of the parking lot and beach access at Mickler�s Landing Beachfront Park is anticipated to be reinstated by May 20, 2022. Until this transition, access to Mickler's will not be open for beach visitors Monday through Friday, and a portion of the parking lot and the beach walkway will remain open on weekends. All project areas will be continually monitored for protected species and environmental impact.

Project Details

  • The project will enhance the existing dunes on 11.5 miles of beaches by placing up to 480,000 cubic yards of sand and planting dune vegetation, as conditions allow.
  • On August 4, 2021 the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued the Joint Coastal Permit for this project
  • Project Location:
    • The northern 9 miles of Ponte Vedra from the Duval County line to the GTMNERR northern boundary
    • The GTMNERR southern boundary to 2537 S Ponte Vedra Blvd
    • Fort Matanzas Ramp North to 8324 A1A S
    • Sand Placement Progress Map

Funding

The project does not cost any additional money to the oceanfront homeowners. The project is funded through the FEMA Public Assistance program and County funds.

Schedule

  • Construction Start – October 2021
  • Construction Completion – October 2022

A Project Progress Map from the contractor will be posted weekly.

Temporary Construction Easements

  • St. Johns County will still accept easements from property owners as long as the request is made before the project reaching reaches the property related to that particular easement.
  • The easements will last for 18 months, or until the project is complete, whichever is less.
  • The easements do not authorize access through the properties yards. All work will be done from the beach.
  • Please contact the Coastal Management team at 904-209-0260 or coastalprojects@sjcfl.us if you have not sent in your easement.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where will the sand be placed?
    • Sand will be placed on the seaward portion of the existing dune, landward of the high tide line and lower than the current dune crest.
  • How will the project affect current beach walkovers?
    • No sand will be placed over any part of the dune walkover, unless specifically requested by the property owner.
  • Will this project obstruct ocean views?
    • The new dune feature will not be higher than the existing dune crest.
  • Will this project impact my property tax?
    • No, and the homes that receive sand will do so at no additional cost.
  • What is the project schedule?
    • The project began construction in October 2021, and the current schedule for completion is October 2022.
  • Where can I track the progress on this project?
    • Regular project updates are posted on this webpage.
  • Will the project affect access to the beach?
    • Every effort will be made to safely maintain pedestrian and vehicular access to the beaches, but there will be temporary closures to the parts of the beach where work is occurring.
  • How were the sections of the beach selected?
    • FEMA policy determined which portions of the coastline are eligible and how much sand each section could receive. The reaches included in the current construction had Temporary Easements granted for over half of the project areas.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Coastal Management team at 904-209-0260, or coastalprojects@sjcfl.us.

FEMA Dune Enhancement Project

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