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Posted 7/6/2016

Release no. 16-053

Erica Skolte
561-801-5734 (cell)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach will host a public meeting for the Miami Beach erosional Hotspots beach renourishment project, part of the Miami-Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project.

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Ronald Shane Center, 6500 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33141.

“The renourished beach will help protect infrastructure, including iconic, historically and architecturally significant buildings on South Beach,” said Laurel Reichold, Corps project manager. “The Corps builds beaches to protect infrastructure, preserve wildlife, support the economy, and build coastal resiliency. Widening the beach to about 230 feet also improves habitat for sea turtle nesting.”

A small business contractor will place 220,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand from an upland mine on more than 3,000 feet of critically eroded shoreline in two locations, near 46th Street and 54th Street.

The areas affected by construction include the 4400-4700, and 5300-5500 blocks of Collins Avenue, and staging areas at Indian Beach Park and Beach View Park. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and be complete by spring 2017.

 “The Corps and our partners are coordinating closely to help keep the public informed about this project,” said Reichold. “We are planning a public meeting to help answer any questions, and project updates will be available on the web and shared widely on social media.”

The contractor will work weekdays, and weekends as needed. Approximate work hours at the access and staging areas, including the delivery of sand, will be 6 a.m. through 11 p.m. Beach work will take place between 7 a.m. or sunrise, whichever is later, through 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier.

Miami-Dade County will conduct migratory shorebird and sea turtle monitoring daily to ensure these species are protected during construction.

Due to safety concerns, some beach access areas will be closed and public access to the beach will be restricted during construction. Because of the extensive construction activities for the next several months, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and beach goers are asked to use caution along these areas of Miami Beach.

Additional information on the Miami Beach Erosional Hotspots project will be available at:  http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Shore-Protection/Dade-County/Miami-Beach-Hotspots/

Project updates will be available on the web and social media, including the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict/ and on Twitter @JaxStrong @MiamiDadeRER @MiamiDadeCounty @MiamiBeachNews

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