Fort Pierce Beach FL (C)

May  2023

FACT SHEET

Fort Pierce Beach, FL
Construction (C)
Congressional District: 21

1. DESCRIPTION

The Fort Pierce Beach Shore Protection project includes 1.3 miles of shoreline running from immediately south of the Fort Pierce Inlet 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 $95,300,000
Estimated Federal Cost $63,600,000

 

     a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation thru FY22         $49,815,000
Allocation for FY23 $0
President's Budget FY24 $8,367,000

 

     b. P.L. 117-58: Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law:

Total Work Plan         $2,500,000
Allocation for FY22 $0
Allocation for FY23 $2,500,000

 

    c. P.L. 117-43: Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act:

Total Work Plan       $12,800,00
Allocation for FY23 $12,800,00

 

3. SPONSOR

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

4. STATUS

The initial construction of the project occurred in 1971 and the 13th renourishment contract was awarded in January 2023. 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.

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 further extended federal participation in periodic renourishment from 2026 to 2032. An amendment to the Project Partnership Agreement to reflect the extension will be developed for execution with the non-federal sponsor. .

Fort Pierce Beach Shore Protection Project map