US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Bal Harbour - NEPA Scoping Public Meeting and Comment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host two National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping meetings on November 20, regarding proposed dredging and potential sand sources that could be utilized to provide sand for the renourishment of the Bal Harbour beach. Public comments will be accepted through December 24.

The Corps is looking for public input on the proposed dredging and potential sand sources that could be utilized to provide sand for the proposed renourishment of the Bal Harbour beach segment of the Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project (BEC-HPP) for Dade County, Florida. Potential sand sources include dredging from Bakers Haulover Inlet (BHI) flood and ebb shoals, dredging from the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) and the BHI channel, and beach-quality sand truck-hauled from upland sand mines.

The public scoping meetings will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at the Northeast Dade Aventura Library, 2930 NE 199th Street in Aventura. The first meeting will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. and the second meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. The information at both meetings will be the same.

The Corps will give a brief presentation at 12:15 p.m. and at 6:15 p.m. during the scoping meetings. There will be an opportunity for open discussion with project team members following the presentations. Poster boards summarizing the purpose and need for the project, project locations where dredging will occur, the location of the beach placement area, and other relevant points of the proposed action will be openly displayed. Fact sheets and comment cards will be available for the public and stakeholders to provide their input for the record.

The Corps will accept written comments regarding the proposed project at the scoping meetings and through December 24, 2019 via email to Kristen.L.Donofrio@usace.army.mil (recommended subject line: "Bal Harbour NEPA Scoping Comments") or by mail to 701 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida, 32207.

Bal Harbour Public Scoping Meeting Materials (November 20, 2019)
Presentation for Bal Harbour Public Scoping Meetings (Nov. 20, 2019)
Bal Harbour Beach Renourishment Project Overview Poster (Nov. 20, 2019)
Bal Harbour Beach Renourishment Project NEPA Poster (Nov. 20, 2019)
Bal Harbour Beach Renourishment Project Engineering and Construction Poster (Nov. 20, 2019)
Bal Harbour Beach Renourishment Project Environmental Poster (Nov. 20, 2019)
Bal Harbour Beach Renourishment Fact Sheet (Nov. 20, 2019)

Bal Harbour

 This project, collectively referred to as the Bal Harbour Project (“Project”), includes placing approximately 250,000 cubic yards of sand along the Bal Harbour shoreline from FDEP state R monuments R-27 to R-31+500. The borrow areas includes portions of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) inshore of Bakers Haulover Inlet, the flood shoal, and portion of Baker’s Inlet. The proposed placement area includes the periodic nourishment areas of the federally authorized Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project at Bal Harbour Beach. The project beach has a maximum berm elevation of +6.6 feet, NAVD88, and a minimum berm elevation no less than +6.1 feet, NAVD88. The berm crest is based on the Erosion Control Line (ECL) and is offset 240 feet perpendicular from the ECL with a foreshore slope of 1 Vertical on 11 Horizontal to tie into existing grade. There are 3 dredging locations scoped for use as borrow areas. Additional material may be needed via truck haul in order to complete the required beach template.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received disaster funds provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The act provides nearly $17.4 billion to the Corps for disaster recovery. Jacksonville District received $3.348 billion for long-term recovery investments in its area of responsibility, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This funding will go toward 13 studies and 22 projects that will reduce risk to communities damaged by storm events. The total Federal funding allocation for Jacksonville District recovery efforts so far exceeds $4 billion.