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Posted on: November 4, 2020
Federal Beach Project Will Impact The Town
The Segment II Shore Protection Project is located within central Broward County and contains the municipalities of Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale. The project area has undergone three sand placement events in 1970, 1983, and 2016. The Segment II project area experiences relatively mild erosion rates (approximately -1.3 ft/yr), which has allowed longer renourishment intervals. Also, the northern reaches of Segment II benefit largely from Hillsboro Inlet sand bypass operations, which supply 50,000 to 100,000 cubic yards of sand to Segment II annually.
The project in Town is expected to begin in November 2021.
Segment II was first nourished in 1970. The project restored approximately 3.2 miles of shoreline within Pompano Beach and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The project extended the shoreline by approximately 134 feet seaward. The total volume of sand placed from offshore borrow areas was 1,076,000 cubic yards.
The first renourishment of the Segment II project area was completed in 1983, and included periodic nourishment of the original 3.2 miles of shoreline and initial restoration of an additional 2.3 miles of beach. This project, which extended 5.3 miles from the Hillsboro Inlet to southern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, resulted in the addition of an estimated 1,910,00 cubic yards of sand to the shoreline.
The last 2016 Segment II Shore Protection Project was constructed between January 4 and December 28, 2016. Due to sea turtle nesting season, no construction activities or sand placement occurred from May 1 to October 31. The project included sand placement along two reaches of shoreline. The northern reach, located along southern Pompano Beach and northern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea was approximately 5,150 feet in length, and the southern reach located along southern Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and northern/central Fort Lauderdale was approximately 21, 050 feet in length. Overall, 710,300 cubic yards of sand was placed within the project area from the Ortona upland sand mine. The most recent project accounted for sea level rise within its design, and this volume was included within the total amount of fill placed. Depending upon location along the shoreline, the restored beach added between 75 to 125 additional feet of beach. Additionally, over 1.5 miles of new dune habitat was created by the project. Overall, total project costs related to sand placement only were approximately $36 million.
Currently, planning is underway for a Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) project in Segment II. The project is expected to go to construction in Winter 2020, under 100% federal cost participation. The project is expected to be similar in scope and construction to the 2016 Segment II project, except with project extension into Segment II reaches just south of Hillsboro Inlet.
Broward County Beach Renourishment
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