JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In response to Tropical Storm Debby and Hurricane Sandy impacts to Florida’s beaches, 16 project implementation reports (PIRs) were initiated and completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. The PIRs were used to determine which Hurricane/Shore Protection Projects (HSPP) sustained damages resulting from Debby and Sandy.
Of those 16 projects, 12 of the PIRs received a positive outcome and all 12 projects were approved by Corps Headquarters. The total funds (federal and nonfederal) approved to date as part of the Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FCCE) efforts are currently estimated at $147-million.
The following projects received approval:
Tropical Storm Debby:
- Pinellas County: Treasure Island
- Manatee County: Anna Maria Island
- Lee County: Gasparilla
- Lee County: Captiva
- Brevard County: North Reach
- Brevard County: South Reach
- Martin County
- Fort Pierce Beach
- Palm Beach County: North Boca Raton
- Palm Beach County: Jupiter/Carlin
- Palm Beach County: Delray Beach
- Broward County: Segment 2
These reports follow guidance under Public Law 84-99 to determine the storm significance, damage significance, and if benefits outweigh the costs of rehabilitation. In many cases, FCCE funds in combination with construction funds for construction of the full template, were recommended based on a project by project analysis.
Construction funds are still being identified for these efforts and design efforts will be initiated immediately on all projects. Each of these projects will be handled as an emergency an expedited where appropriate. Coordination for these efforts has been initiated with sponsors, federal and state agencies, as well as the dredging industry.
In addition, emergency supplemental O&M funds were approved for Hurricane Sandy impacts at the following navigation projects:
- Port Canaveral
- Palm Beach Harbor
- Ft. Pierce Inlet
- St. Lucie Inlet
- Port Everglades
- St. Augustine Inlet
- Ponce Inlet
- Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway – Jacksonville to Miami