Jacksonville, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will be holding a series of scoping meetings to discuss the Miami-Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project – Alternative Sand Source Investigation and give all interested individuals, groups and agencies an opportunity to provide input.
Five meetings will be held throughout south Florida between Aug. 12 and Aug. 16. Each meeting will host a presentation at 6:30, followed by a poster session, and comment period from the public.
· Aug. 12 – City of Miami Beach Commission Chambers, 3rd floor, 1700 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
· Aug. 13 – Town of Palm Beach Council Chambers, 360 South County Rd., Palm Beach
· Aug. 14 – Indian State River College, Wolfe Center Room, 2400 SE Salerno Rd., Stuart
· Aug. 15 – Ft. Lauderdale Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 33rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale
· Aug. 16 – St. Lucie Co. Commission Chambers, Roger Poitras Administration Annex,
2300 Virginia Ave., Fort. Pierce
Miami-Dade County is currently depleting all dependable, economical, and environmentally practicable offshore sand sources. Studies have been underway to identify alternative sand sources. In addition to non-domestic sources, the studies included domestic sources such as upland sources, sources in deeper offshore waters, and sources offshore of southeast Florida in federal and state waters.
A 2009 Regional Sediment Management Plan for southeast Florida indicated there was just enough domestic offshore sand in the region to support federal and non-federal projects for 50 years. In 2012, a collaborative effort between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the five southeast Florida Counties, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) sought to update the 2009 with improved data. The FDEP lead the study effort with technical input from the Corps, and data provided by southeast Florida counties. Each county determined its sand need for federal and non-federal nourishment projects over the next 50 years.
A copy of the Southeast Florida Sediment Assessment and Needs Determination (SAND) Study is located at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/ShoreProtection.aspx.
Comments on the study may be submitted to Ms. Terri Jordan-Sellers at Terri.Jordan-Sellers@usace.army.mil or 904-232-1817.