U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite public to St. Augustine Beach renourishment community meeting

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is inviting the public to attend a community meeting Thursday, Nov. 2 for the upcoming St. Augustine Beach renourishment project.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall Commission Chambers at 2200 A1A South in St. Augustine Beach. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the project and any potential impacts to the area. A brief presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Construction is expected to begin in November and will last for approximately three months. The contractor will place approximately 800,000 cubic yards of beach quality sand from the navigation channel and ebb shoal onto eroded areas. During this time, beach access at Pope Road will be closed as this area will be used to stage equipment and materials.

The purpose of the project is to mitigate down-drift shoreline impacts caused by the federal navigation channel at St. Augustine Inlet, and provide storm damage reduction for upland development.

This project will renourish critically eroded shoreline between the southern limits of Anastasia State Park (8th Street) in St. Augustine Beach. The federal project, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is in partnership with St. Johns County.

“This project exemplifies the great partnership between the Corps and St. Johns County,” said Project Manager Jason Harrah. “We want to ensure that the public is well informed of the upcoming project, projected dates of beach closure, etc.”

The cost share is 80.5 percent federal and 19.5 percent non-federal.

Project updates will be available at www.saj.usace.army.mil/StAugustineBeach and via social media pages – facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict and twitter.com/JaxStrong.

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