Fort Pierce Beach FL (C)

June 2021

FACT SHEET

Fort Pierce Beach, FL
Construction (C)
Congressional District: 18

1. DESCRIPTION

The Fort Pierce Beach Shore Protection project includes 1.3 miles of shoreline running from immediately south of the Fort Pierce Inlet southward to Surfside Park. The project is on a 2-year renourishment cycle due to impacts to the beach from the federal navigation project at Fort Pierce Inlet. This 2-year renourishment cycle is a much shorter renourishment interval than what is typical for other projects along the east coast of Florida due to the high erosion rate.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $100,100,000
Estimated Federal Cost $67,400,000
Allocation thru FY20 $46,274,000
Allocation for FY21 $0
President’s Budget FY22 $0

 

3. SPONSOR

St. Lucie County 
2300 Virginia Avenue
Ft. Pierce, Florida 34982-5652

4. STATUS

The initial construction of the project occurred in 1971 and the 11th renourishment was completed in May 2018. Sand for the project is dredged from an approved offshore borrow area known as the Capron Shoal and then pumped via a pipeline onto the 1.3 miles of beach south of the Fort Pierce Inlet. Funding was received in FY20 work plan for the 12th nourishment. The contract is scheduled to award in September 2020 and will be the last nourishment for Fort Pierce Beach under the current Federal participation.  

An Amendment to the Project Partnership Agreement between the Department of the Army and the St. Lucie County Erosion District was executed on 20 August 2020. The Agreement extended the federal participation in periodic nourishment from 2020 to 2026. A beach renourishment event is scheduled to begin in summer 2021. A Section 203 Study was completed and authorized in Section 403 of WRDA 2020. St. Lucie County is coordinating outstanding Section 203 comments with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. 

Fort Pierce Beach Shore Protection Project map