St. Johns County Coastal Storm Risk Management, Vilano Beach and South Ponte Vedra Beach

St. Johns County shoreline with Highway A1A. The Jacksonville District announced the award of a $15 million contract July 7, 2020, to execute a coastal storm risk management project to reinforce critically eroded sections of beach front.The ocean shoreline of St. Johns County is approximately 42 miles long.

The initial construction of the Coastal Storm Risk Management Project, completed in 2021, included both dune and beach berm construction along some 2.6 miles of the coastline from South Ponte Vedra Beach to Vilano Beach. Approximately 1.3 million cubic yards of sand, dredged from shoals within St. Augustine Inlet, were placed on shore.

The next beach nourishment, which will address the 2022 impact of Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole, will be 100 percent funded by the federal government under a Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies authority.  Jacksonville District plans to complete all permitting coordination with its partner agencies by March 1, 2023 and award a contract for the project by May 26, 2023.

Beach placement of sand from the permitted offshore borrow area is expected to begin on or about July 30, 2023, and be completed by the middle of March 2024.

Future periodic nourishment events are planned at multi-year intervals.