By Christopher J. Russo, Former City Manager
(January 15, 2014) – Good news for the health of our Beach is the commencement of the placement of over 65,000 cubic yards of sand on our Beach. This project will be the first step of what we hope will be a continuing effort to restore sand and re-nourish our Beach.
Approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and starting January 13, 2014, trucks will be hauling sand in what is commonly called a “truck haul nourishment project” which will consist of the placement of approximately 36,000 cubic yards of beach sand from The Golden Strand to the Sands Point Condominium. Heavy equipment will be operating on the beach during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. The beach sand placement work will progress at a rate of 100-200 feet of shoreline per day. Access and staging for this project will be at the Jade Signature Development site at 16901 Collins Avenue. This stage of the beach sand placement will take approximately 60 days.
The City of Sunny Isles Beach, although not the permitting agency for this project, is providing Public Safety Services to guide the operations on the beach to ensure the safety of our residents and guests. This process may cause some inconvenience, but the continuation of a renourishment plan is one that has been sought after for many years since the last major renourishment in 2001.
An informational meeting was held by the City of Sunny Isles Beach, on January 6, 2014, with project managers, representatives of the City, and many of the hotel and condominium managers along the beach in the affected area.