Jacksonville District Begins Mobilizing for St. Augustine Beach Renourishment

USACE Jacksonville began equipment mobilization yesterday for the re-nourishment of the St. Johns County, St. Augustine Beach, federal shore protection project.

The USACE contractor began establishing a staging area at the Pope Road access point and will continue deploying equipment in the week ahead. Beach placement of dredged sand is expected to start in early March.

The re-nourishment will place approximately 2.5 million cubic yards of sand on critically eroded beaches within the city of St. Augustine Beach, extending three miles from Anastasia State Park at the north to the vicinity of A Street at the southern end of the shoreline.

Map of 2024 St Augustine Beach Renourishment template. COURTESY IMAGE

Placement will proceed from north to south. Jacksonville District will post work schedules and progress maps to its website and social media channels as the work progresses – https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/StAugustineBeach/.

The $33 million contract, awarded to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, is 100 percent federally funded with Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies monies. The renourishment is projected to be complete by the end of June, weather permitting.

Initial construction of the 3-mile project was completed in January 2003. Since then the project has been renourished approximately every five years or following significant hurricane events. The Jacksonville District shares a strong partnership with St. Johns County, the non-federal sponsor for this project along with many others to protect eroded beaches along the county’s coastline.