Fort Pierce Shore Protection Project progress update

Published May 8, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announced that additional sand placement will require dredging operations related to the Fort Pierce Shore Protection Project to continue until May 31 – with demobilization activities occurring into mid-June.

Additional erosion along the project area since award of the contract in December 2017 has necessitated the need to place approximately 125,000 cubic yards of additional material to construct the design template.  This will bring the total amount of sand placed within the one mile stretch of eroded beach to approximately 510,000 cubic yards. 

The project is reconstructing areas of eroded beach and provide hurricane storm damage reduction.  A side benefit to the project is that it helps restore shorebird and marine turtle habitat, as well as improves recreational opportunities in the area.

Crews will dredge beach quality sand from an offshore borrow area and transport it via hopper dredge to the inlet where it will be pumped onto the beach via a pipeline.  A team will use heavy equipment on the beach to move the sand around to create the design berm.  Dredging operations will run 24 hours/7 days a week, weather permitting.  

The Fort Pierce renourishment project is funded in partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers and St. Lucie County. 

The Corps of Engineers asks the public to use caution in the construction area and to be patient with the temporary construction noise as the project progresses.  Residents living close to the beach and near the active construction will likely hear pumps or heavy equipment backup alarms.  This is a temporary situation, which is also dependent on wind direction and other weather conditions that affect the way sound travels. 

For more information about Corps’ shore protection projects in Florida, go to  For specific questions concerning the Fort Pierce project, please contact the Corps of Engineers Project Manager Shelley Trulock at 904-232-3292. 

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Amanda Parker

Release no. 18-033