The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has invited the public to provide comments on the federally funded draft feasibility report for the next 50 years of beach renourishment.
The draft report for the "Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment for the Miami-Dade County, Florida, Coastal Storm Risk Management Study" considers the costs and damage reduction benefits and recreational benefits of implementing engineering alternatives to manage coastal storm risks along shorelines in our city and throughout Miami-Dade County over the next 50 years.
Residents, property owners, and businesses are encouraged to provide comments and questions regarding erosional hotspot concerns and the importance of beach renourishment projects directly to the USACE. Please click here to view a copy of the draft report.
Since 1975, the city has been fortunate to receive successful beach renourishment and a protective dune system. The projects have increased the city’s resilience to storm surge and sea level rise and directly support our local and regional economy, properties, and environmental resources. The current plan will expire in 2025 and the tentatively selected draft plan proposes to provide periodic beach renourishment for the future in selected areas in Miami Beach, roughly every 4 years.
Based on the USACE analyses, 38 – 81 streets are selected to receive renourishment over the 50 year period. The segments NOT selected to receive beach renourishment are located approximately from South Pointe to 38 Street and 81 Street to 87 Terrace. Proposed sand for beach nourishment projects between 38-81 streets would come from the accretional beach between South Pointe and 20 Street and offshore sources. South Pointe to 20 Street is considered an “accretional” area which accumulates sand to create a wider beach.
Last month, the USACE hosted two public meetings to present details of the study. Click here to view the recordings of these meetings.
Miami-Dade County is the local sponsor of the project. The city is evaluating the study and providing comments during the public comment period. The public is invited to provide comments through December 12, 2021. Comments may be submitted via email to Kristen.email@example.com, or by U.S. Postal Service to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
ATTN: Kristen Donofrio
701 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32207-8175