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Aerial image of the beach announcing the Public Meeting regarding the Beach Sand Renourishment Project in Sunny Isles Beach.

2021 Beach Sand Renourishment Project

Project Update – Thursday, September 23, 2021

As of September 17, beach sand placement has been completed along the entire stretch of our beach. Over the course of the project, 269,000 cubic yards of sand from the Garcia Mine in Hendry County, Florida were added to our beach.

Current Closures

  • The Ellen Wynne Beach Access and parking lot, located at 19333 Collins Avenue, will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 18 until further notice. More info

Project
A beach sand renourishment project will begin in Sunny Isles Beach in May 2021. This federal project, led by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in partnership with Miami-Dade County, the City of Sunny Isles Beach and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will place approximately 280,000 cubic yards of sand on the entire stretch of our beach.

Project Purpose
The project provides coastal storm risk management, including beach erosion control and hurricane surge protection. Beach renourishment projects protect infrastructure, preserve wildlife, support the economy, and build coastal resiliency.

Project Location
The project will span the entire length of our beach, beginning at the north end of the City and moving south to Haulover Beach.

Project Duration
The project is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 18, 2021, and expected to last through November 2021.

About the Sand
The 280,000 cubic yards of sand being added to the beach comes from the Garcia Mine in Hendry County, Florida. The sand is tested and approved by the USACE.

Truck Access Points
Staging sites include the following locations:

  • Ellen Wynne Beach Access (North Construction Access)
    • About 8 – 10 Weeks (May, June, July)
  • Former Travel Lodge Motel (Central Construction Access)
    • About 8 – 10 Weeks (July, August, September)
  • Haulover Beach (South Construction Access)
    • About 8 – 10 Weeks (September, October, November)

Most of the beach will remain open throughout the duration of this project. Flagmen will be stationed throughout the project limits to ensure the safety of pedestrians entering the beach.

Work Hours
Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 6:00 pm (daylight hours only)
Work may occur occasionally on Saturdays and Sundays
*Schedule is tentative and subject to change
*No work will take place on Memorial Day.

Work on the beach will progress from north to south. About 100 – 500 feet of progress is expected per day.

Pedestrian/Traffic Safety
While construction activity is in progress:

  • The access point will be closed to the public.
  • Eastman will secure the construction access area using a temporary construction fence and locking it at night.
  • All equipment will be stored within the locked temporary construction fencing in an organized manner overnight and on weekends.
  • Each workday will begin once clearance is provided by turtle monitors.
  • Haul road traffic control shall be inspected each morning before hauling operations begin.
  • Truck hauls will be escorted by a properly trained escort.
  • Traffic control devices will be removed each day at the completion of the day’s sand fill.

What You Can Expect

  • Most of the beach will remain open MOST of the time.
  • During construction, access to certain parts of the beach will be restricted and/or closed, for safety purposes.
  • During construction, parts of the beach will need to be cleared of all chairs, umbrellas, huts, etc.
  • The contractor will be completing the beach north to south at the rate of several hundred feet per day.
  • The contractor will coordinate directly with condo and hotel management and the vendors (e.g. chair vendors) on the beach as best as possible.

Project Updates
We aim to provide weekly project updates on this webpage.

More Information
To receive the latest updates on this project, sign up for our City of Sunny Isles Beach email notifications at sibfl.net/notifyme, or email us at info@sibfl.net.

Information is also available on the USACE website at www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Shore-Protection/Dade-County/Sunny-Isles-Beach.