Vilano Beach 50-year Army Corps Beach Project

St. Johns County Coastal Storm Risk Management Project - Vilano and South Ponte Vedra Beach - Map 1
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South Ponte Vedra Beach and Vilano Beach Renourishment Easements Needed –  Watch the brief informative video – St. Johns County has partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida to restore and rebuild South Ponte Vedra Beach and Vilano Beach. Now is the time for the community to join the partnership and take the final step to deliver new sand to these beaches.

Representatives from St. Johns County are working to secure easements from owners of oceanfront properties located generally between the Serenata Beach Club and Nease Beachfront Park that will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore the beach and conduct future restorations and emergency repairs. In addition, the County is also seeking temporary easements from property owners between Nease Beachfront Park and the inlet that will allow a pipe to be placed on the beach for a few months to deliver the sand. If the easements are obtained, the $144-million-dollar investment will deliver more than four million cubic yards of sand to the north beaches over the next 50 years for recreational use, shoreline and home protection, and to further secure A1A. Easements must be obtained by December 31, 2019, in order for the project to proceed on schedule and for the beaches to be renourished in 2020. St. Johns County mailed easement packets to eligible oceanfront property owners and is hosting the following community meetings to provide additional information and accept signed easements:

  • December 10 / 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. / NS Community Center, 120 Meadow Ave, Vilano

If you are an oceanfront property owner along this shoreline and have questions, did not receive your packet, or need assistance completing your easement documents, please contact St. Johns County at 904.209.0760 and

Project Details

  • The project extends from Ocean Villas at Serenata Beach south to San Pelayo Court.
  • Fifty-year project.
  • Renourishment every twelve years, or as needed.
  • Rebuilding dunes to 2015 conditions.
  • Constructing a 60-foot berm extension from 2015 location.
  • Sand will come from inside the inlet.

Funding Details

  • Combination of USACE, State, County Tourist Development “Bed Tax”, and MSTU funds.
  • The USACE will pay a portion of the project based on public parking and beach access.
  • Hurricane Matthew Recovery and other State funds pay a substantial amount.
  • The County Bed Tax funds a large share.
  • MSTU at 0.5 Mils for the life of the project contributes a smaller share.

Current Stage

  • County Real Estate staff will be seeking Perpetual Construction Easements in the near future.
  • Finalizing permit for use of the sand source.
  • Finalizing permit for sand placement onto the beach.
  • Approving the surveyed Erosion Control Line.


This project consists of extending the width of the beach and restoring the dune to pre-Hurricane Matthew conditions. Periodic re-nourishments are scheduled to occur approximately every 12 years as needed, including repairing major storm damage. This will provide a wider, more enjoyable beach, with much greater protection.

The USACE will pay a portion of the project based on public parking and beach access. Additional funding is available from Florida Department of Environmental Protection grants, State Hurricane Matthew recovery funds and the County Bed Tax. In addition, a new Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) will levy 0.5 mils (five-hundredths of one percent) on the taxable value of the properties within the MSTU for the life of the project to contribute to the project.

Prior to the construction of major beach projects, an Erosion Control Line (ECL) is required by the State to permanently fix the current boundary between upland property ownership and submerged lands of the state. The establishment of an ECL will not take any property from upland owners or impair their access, but it will prevent future movement of the property line as sand comes and goes. The ECL process requires a workshop and hearing for the upland property owners. Notices will be mailed to all affected property owners and posted in the paper. Erosion Control Line Information Document

County Real Estate staff are currently seeking Perpetual Construction Easements from property owners in the MSTU area as well as Temporary Pipeline Easements from property owners south of the MSTU area to the inlet. Please contact (904) 209-0760 if you haven’t received your easement.

For more information regarding updated schedule and information, please see the USACE St. Johns Shore Protection Webpage.

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