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

Dune Restoration Flyer – To aid in educating and reminding beachgoers of the sensitivity of the new dunes and plantings, here is an informative flyer available for you to print and feature prominently in beachfront properties.

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.

Beach Fill and Equilibration – Waves and currents will reshape the constructed beach fill over time to a more natural “equilibrated” shape by transporting sand from the dry beach and depositing it to the offshore sandbars. This causes larger swells to break further away from the beach, dissipating wave energy and providing the intended coastal protection. This process begins immediately after construction, with full adjustment of the beach shape typically requiring many months or multiple significant wave events.

Beach Fill and Equilibration Process depiction

Pictured: Equilibration process

Update

Construction – Weeks Marine, LLC began pumping sand April 25 and finished pumping sand mid June 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 included 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 came from an offshore borrow site approximately eight miles offshore

  • Staging Areas

    • The parking lot north of the Exxon gas station and South Ponte Vedra park both reopened for public use 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 had sand placement or equipment traffic are monitored every morning by specially permitted experts before construction activity began for the day.

    • If any nests had been laid in those areas the previous night, they were 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

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.

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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