Ocean tide on the beach

The Importance of Beach Sand Renourishment

By Alex Lama, Commissioner

(Friday, May 24, 2019) – A delegation from our city traveled to Tallahassee in April to attend the State Legislative Sessions and meet with representatives of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to discuss beach sand renourishment.

Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a sand renourishment project that brought 150,000 cubic yards of sand to our beach. And this year, we are scheduled to receive an additional 80,000 cubic yards of sand from the private sector.

Renourishing and conserving the sand on our beach requires constant effort and coordination with different government agencies. We discussed several upcoming efforts to help renourish our beach and combat sand erosion. The coming federal sand renourishment for Broward County will help long term as sea currents travel south and nourish our beach with sand. The City is in coordination with Miami-Dade County, FDEP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in studying sand erosion mitigation techniques to be implemented after a scheduled 2021 sand renourishment project for our city. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is also analyzing the breakwaters at the north end of our city.

On average we lose approximately 15,000 cubic yards of sand per year, so the coordinated efforts between our City staff and government agencies have proven successful thus far at renourishing sand on our beach. Our beach is one of the City’s most important assets and as such, we must continue to be diligent in making sure that it is renourished accordingly and that we implement the appropriate sand erosion mitigation solutions.

Please contact me with any questions at 305.792.1752 or alama@sibfl.net.