South Ponte Vedra

South Ponte Vedra One-time Dune Restoration

The South Ponte Vedra Dune Restoration Project is separate from the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project. This project will rebuild a portion of the beach and dune system with sand dredged from an offshore borrow area beginning in and including Serenata Beach, extending north for approximately five and a half miles.

Announcements

Construction Safety – Beach visitors are encouraged to exercise caution near areas of construction. Be cautious when spending time around construction areas. Use extra caution when supervising children on South Ponte Vedra Beach.

Dune Plantings – 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.

Dredge Awareness – Part of the pipelines used to transfer sand from the dredge to the beach float on the ocean surface with buoys and flashing lights. Please do not mistake this float line for a sunken vessel or an injured marine animal. The Coast Guard and Marine Rescue have been called multiple times to investigate the area due to this confusion.

Update

Construction – Weeks Marine, LLC began pumping sand April 25 and finished pumping sand mid June 2022.

Closings – Exxon parking lot and the South Ponte Vedra Park will tentatively reopen in early July.

Current Work Area – Project demobilization activity is focused at the Exxon station to remove equipment from the beach while dune planting continues. See Project Progress Map.

Community Update Presentation (PPT presented 4/5/2022)

Project Details

  • Project Description

    • The project extends from approximately one-and-one-third mile north of Guana River Road and ties into the taper of the USACE Project in front of Serenata Ocean Villas.

    • The scope includes a one-time dune nourishment placing an average of 20 cubic yards of sand, replacing sand lost primarily due to Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

    • The sand will come from an offshore borrow site approximately eight miles offshore

    • Project Progress Map

    • Dune Tie-in Scenarios

  • Staging Areas

    • The parking lot north of the Exxon gas station and South Ponte Vedra park will both be reopened for public use by early July.

  • Environmental Considerations

    • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Wildlife Commission, in consultation with the National Fish and Wildlife Service, have approved the sand quality, the geometry of the sand placement, and the efforts to protect marine turtles and their eggs.

    • The parts of the beach that will have sand placement or equipment traffic are monitored every morning by specially permitted experts before construction activity can begin.

    • If any nests have been laid in those areas the previous night, they will be carefully relocated to a safe area outside of the work zone.

    • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the United States Army Corps of Engineers permitted sand source protecting imperiled species.

Schedule

  • Construction Start - April 2022

  • Construction Completion - Mid-Summer 2022

Please see the Project Progress Map for the latest projections of timing for individual segments of the beach.

Funding

  • The section of the project to the north of Serenata will be funded by:

    • Matching grant funds (50%) from Florida DEP Hurricane Matthew funding

    • Proposed funding from County Tourist Development Tax

    • Proposed funding from a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) levy for ten years on the properties in the MSTU area.

  • The section of the project in front of Serenata will be funded only by a MSTU levy for 10 years on Serenata Ocean Villas and Beach Club, without State or county funding.

Beach Fill Template Scenarios and Project Map

The Dune Tie-in Scenarios provide examples of how the newly placed sand will tie into existing conditions. The exact fill template scenario will be determined in the field based on current conditions at the time active construction reaches the property.

The Project Progress Map contains a layer for Construction Beach Template that can be activated to see where the sand is planned to be placed on the property. The Information button at the top right of the map describes how to use the maps many functions, including turning map layers on and off. If you are having difficulty, call or email using the Contact Us information below.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Coastal Management team at (904) 209-0260, or coastalprojects@sjcfl.us.

Non-project Beach updates can be heard on the Beach Services Hotline at 904-209-0331.

Progress Maps

Project Progress Map

Project Progress Map

Dune Tie-in Scenario

Dune Tie-in Scenario Map

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