St. Johns County coastal projects
Damage Due to Hurricane Ian, September 28-30, 2022 – County Crews have conducted pre and post Hurricane Ian beach assessments, to include LIDAR, in efforts to capture the most accurate erosion forecast for our 42 miles of coastline. Data is still being collected and is expected to take the next couple weeks to be analyzed to quantify loss and to identify opportunities for mitigation of the storm damage.
On October 11, 2022, County Personnel met with FEMA and FDEP to conduct FEMAs Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA) along the 42 miles of coastline. The Coastal Management Team and its Federal and State guests started in Ponte Vedra and headed south, eventually ending this assessment south of St Augustine Beach. With the data previously collected by St Johns County Coastal Management in conjunction with FEMA’s PDA, this tour was the next step for the County to pursue additional Federal funding sources and possible projects.
For project-specific Hurricane Ian assessments and safety information, select a project link below.
Projects & Studies
FEMA Dune Enhancement Project >>
Project Description – This project will enhance the dune system by adding sand at the seaward edge of the existing dune, planting sea oats and supporting vegetation, and creating a more uniform front to the dune system along ~11.5 miles of the County's coastline. Sand placement began in October 2021 and is projected to be completed by fall of 2022. FEMA Dune Enhancement Project
South Ponte Vedra Dune Restoration Project >>
Project Completed – Weeks Marine, Inc. and sub-contractors completed beach restoration operations in South Ponte Vedra as of July 2022. South Ponte Vedra Dune Restoration Project
Community Meeting – On December 6, 2022, the County and coastal engineering consultant, Intera-GEC, will hold a community meeting at St. Anastasia Catholic Church - Celebration Hall, 6 PM to 7:30 PM to share and discuss the ongoing Summer Haven River Study. The study objective is to develop an array of possible, environmentally and financially sustainable, long-term solutions to maintain the flow of the Summer Haven River. Summer Haven River Study
Vilano Beach Army Corps Beach Project >>
Project Description – A Coastal Storm Risk Management project by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and St. Johns County. The project extends from the Ocean Villas at Serenata Beach to just north of Nease Beach Front Park. Construction anticipated to start in summer 2023. Vilano Beach Army Corps Beach Project
The Beach Brief E-newsletter
St. Johns County remains dedicated to providing our residents, visitors, and businesses with timely and accurate information regarding current and upcoming St. Johns County beach projects. The monthly Beach Brief provides subscribers with an overview of beach nourishment, dune enhancement, and other major coastal projects. To sign up for 'The Beach Brief' e-newsletter, please visit The Beach Brief.
The St. Johns County Coastal Management team, now housed in the Disaster Recovery Department, is responsible for engineered beach projects. Coastal Management coordinates with the public and funding and regulatory agencies to ensure successful implementation of coastal projects that preserve and enhance the beaches of St. Johns County.
For more information, please contact the Coastal Management team at 904-209-0260, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-project Beach updates can be heard on the Beach Services Hotline at 904-209-0331.