Jacksonville, Fla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is conducting a Remedial Investigation for the former Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base, and will close South Beach Park the morning of Wednesday, May 8 for public safety. Crews will be digging in the area and safety zones will be enforced. The public may still visit the beach, but need to stay out of safety zones where teams are working.
The Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base was a 19,280-acre site that extended approximately 25 miles from Vero Beach to near Jensen Beach and included North and South Hutchinson Islands. The military acquired the site during World War II for the Navy to create a training facility.
The Corps has conducted a number of investigations of the area to determine if any military-related materials remain at the site. The purpose of the current investigation is to determine if anything remains in the area from the military’s training, and if so, in what amounts and locations.
Because of how the military used the site, there could potentially be buried munitions. These items could be dangerous and not easily recognizable. Never touch, move or disturb something you think may be a munition. Remember the 3Rs. Recognize – The item you found could be dangerous. Retreat – Do not touch it in any way, and leave the area. Report – Call 911 immediately.
Release no. 19-023