South Ponte Vedra & Vilano Beaches Restoration
Beach Restoration Map
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TTwo separate beach projects have been approved along a portion of South Ponte Vedra Boulevard and Coastal Highway. St. Johns County hosted a community meeting May 22, 2019, to present the two projects and provide information to the affected property owners.
South Ponte Vedra One-time Dune Restoration
The conceptual plan for South Ponte Vedra Boulevard oceanfront properties is for a County-directed, one-time placement of an average of 20 cubic yards of sand per linear foot, replacing sand lost primarily due to Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. The sand will come from an offshore source.
The project will run from approximately one-and-one-third mile north of Guana River Road to the northern boundary of Ocean Villas at Serenata Beach. The new dune will be contoured to maximize durability, and supportive vegetation will be planted to further increase dune resilience.
The project will be funded by a combination of State, County, and Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) funds. The State has offered Hurricane Matthew recovery funds to match the local expenditures for dune restoration and the MSTU will levy 4.0 mils (four tenths of one percent) per year for ten years on the taxable value of the properties in the MSTU area to provide partial funding for the local share.
County Real Estate staff is currently seeking Temporary Construction Easements from property owners in the MSTU area.
Vilano Beach 50-year Army Corps Beach Project
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and St. Johns County have entered into an agreement to construct a 50-year Coastal Storm Risk Management project from Ocean Villas at Serenata Beach southward to approximately San Pelayo Court. 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.
The USACE will pay a portion of the project based on public parking and beach access. Additional funding is available from the State in the form of Florida Department of Environmental Protection grants and Hurricane Matthew recovery funds. 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 help fund the project.
County Real Estate staff will be seeking Perpetual Construction Easements from property owners in the MSTU area.