$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 early 2024.
The project consists of a 50-year federal commitment to design, construct and monitor beach restoration of the severely eroded beaches of Anastasia State Park and St. Augustine Beach. A federal project is authorized for the FDEP-designated critical erosion area between 4,000’ north of Pope Road in Anastasia State Park to Ocean Hammock Park. The USACE does not place sand on the whole authorized area each nourishment event.
Initial restoration of the USACE’s St. Johns County Shore Protection Project (SPP) was completed in Jan 2003. The project placed about 3.8 million cubic yards (MCY) of sand in the project area. The first and second nourishments in 2005 and 2012 placed about 2.8 and 2.1 MCY of sand. The third nourishment was completed in June 2018. This event placed about 750,000 cy of sand, dredged from the St. Augustine Inlet ebb shoal. The fourth nourishment will be federally funded through the USACE’s emergency storm repair program in 2023. For more information, please see the Army Corps website.
The project has been fully approved and funded using a combination of USACE, State, County Tourist Development “Bed Tax” funds.