JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A project to pump more sand on Jacksonville Beach started this weekend.
The renourished sand will widen the beach berm between 20 to 60 feet and if everything goes smoothly, it should be finished by November. The first areas to be filled will be from St. Johns county line to 19th Avenue South through September. It will continue northward toward Neptune and stop roughly around 18th Street in Atlantic Beach raising the elevation of the beach about 3 to 5 feet.
The beach will remain open to the public as sand is pumped in from offshore sources in federal waters. See map of borrow areas.
The cost is over $13.5 million and 61% is funded federally. The City of Jacksonville, FDEP and Duval County covering the other half.
Beach renourishment occurs about every five to six years. Over the years Duval has received 5 principal renourishments in 1985-87, 1991, 1995, 2005, and 2011 in addition to periodic placement of sand dredged from navigation projects.
The Sky 4 helicopter captured footage of the dredging pipe as it flew over the area after Hurricane Hermine Friday.