DelrayBeach Completes Emergency Dune/Beach Restoration Project; next project starts in March

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The City of Delray Beach has completed the installation of 157 truckloads of sand on the north end of the City’s beach as part of the City’s Emergency Dune/Beach Restoration Project.  This project is intended to assist in restoring the erosion-damaged areas along our shoreline that resulted from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

This emergency project, which occurred just south of George Bush Boulevard, began earlier this week and included the installation of 3,500 tons of sand (or 2,500 cubic yards).  Approximately 1,000 linear yards of dunes/beach area were restored.  The City received a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to utilize sand that was mined and transported more than 90 miles from More Haven, Florida to the Delray Beach Municipal Beach. Funding for this project ($138,666) is expected to be included within the financing package to support the permitted dredge project to renourish the beach (just north of Atlantic Avenue south past Linton Boulevard), which is expected to begin in early March 2013.

In addition, the City has been preliminarily working with the federal government and the US Army Corp of Engineers to identify potential funding opportunities to assist with additional emergency renourishment beach projects, from Atlantic Avenue to the north end of the beach.  Contrary to published reports, these discussions have been preliminary in nature only and no commitments have been provided by the federal, state or county governments.  Further, the City has not approved any plans to proceed with these proposed efforts (to date).

For more information on the Emergency Beach Renourishment Project, contact Paul Dorling, Director of Planning and Zoning, at (561) 243-7040 or by E-mail pzmail@mydelraybeach.com.

Beach Renourishment Project
As the regularly scheduled dredging project to renourish the beach (just north of Atlantic Avenue south past Linton Boulevard) begins in early March 2013, the City will issue construction updates through additional press releases, the City’s website – www.mydelraybeach.com, and tweets on the City’s Twitter account – www.twitter.com/citydelraybeach, to ensure that the public is apprised of any potential issues that may affect their beach experience.  The City would like to take the opportunity to thank all beach patrons for their understanding of this process.

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