St. Johns County coastal projects
Sand Placement Continues – The sand placement south of Mickler's is complete. The contractor has moved to the next portion of the project on the northern reach of Ponte Vedra Beach. Work will continue on the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project with proposed completion by October 2022.
Safety First – Designated travel lanes for construction vehicles have been set up in front of the oceanfront beach clubs along Ponte Vedra Blvd. Pedestrians are urged to exercise caution due to heavy equipment carrying sand to and from the project site. Use extra care supervising children around the truck travel corridors on the beach for the project in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Dune Preservation – Please stay off the newly constructed dunes in all project areas throughout the County. Sea oats are a crucial part of southern coastal dunes. The freshly planted sea oats need time to grow and establish a strong root system to help keep beach dunes intact to protect communities against storm surge. It is imperative that beachgoers stick to the designated dune crossings areas.
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.
Dredge Operation Completed – Weeks Marine, Inc. completed beach restoration operations in South Ponte Vedra. Dune planting continues as the contractor de-mobilizes the project area moving equipment off the beach.
Closure for Staging Areas – The staging areas located in the parking lot north of the Exxon gas station and the South Ponte Vedra Park will tentatively reopen to the public by early July.
Safety First – Beach visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when spending time around construction areas. Use extra care supervising children when large equipment is nearby.
Dune Preservation – Please stay off the newly constructed dunes in all project areas throughout the County. The freshly planted sea oats need time to grow and establish a strong root system. It is imperative that beachgoers stick to the designated dune crossings areas.
Project Description – A dune restoration project to place approximately 20 cubic yards of sand per linear foot onto the beach. The project extends from 1.3 miles north of Guana River Road (Northern Extent) and ties into the USACE Project in front of Serenata Ocean Villas (Southern Extent). The project began April 2022 and will continue through mid-Summer 2022.
$62 Million Awarded to St. Johns County for Emergency Beach Repairs – St. Johns County will receive up to $62 million in federal funding from the Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for emergency repairs on two beach projects. The projects include the St. Johns County Shore Protection Project in St. Augustine Beach and the St. Johns County South Ponte Vedra Beach and Vilano Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Project. The USACE anticipates the construction to start in summer 2023. Emergency Beach Repairs Press Release
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.
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.