Navarre Beach Renourishment Begins
Project is expected to be completed by mid-June
(Above: Aerial map shows four segments to be renourished from April to mid-June)

The beach renourishment process has begun on Navarre Beach with the mobilization of equipment. 

During the week (April 11-15), contractor Weeks Marine has completed the following tasks:
  • moved 2,200 ft of pipeline to the Pensacola Bay staging area 
  • begun daily shorebird and seabird surveys with no nesting or breeding found within the project area to date
  • located a bulldozer, pipe-moving forklift and plywood to fenced staging area at the east portion of the Navarre Pier parking lot for deployment as soon as the weather allows
Next week (April 18-22) Weeks Marine expects to:
  • deploy two submerged pipelines as soon as weather and sea conditions are suitable, which will travel underwater from offshore onto the beach making landing near the Beach Colony Resort and just east of Missouri Street
  • erect safety signs where the pipes come onshore and cap the pipes
  • perform hydrographic offshore surveys of the borrow area.
Dredging is expected to start the week of April 25-29; weather permitting and the estimated 50 days of sand placement is expected to be completed by mid-June. Turtle monitoring will begin May 1 and any nests will be relocated to Gulf Islands National Seashore per the conditions of the county's permit. 

Approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand will be placed from just east of the Gulf Islands National Seashore to the eastern limits of the Navarre Beach Marine Park, increasing the width of the beach berm by 100 to 200 feet. The restoration project also includes restoring the dune crest to a width of 30 feet and placement of native dune plants.

Two trailing suction hopper dredges will be used to excavate sand from same offshore borrow area used for the initial 2006 restoration project and place the sand on the beach, which will lighten to near white as it dries and is exposed to the sun. The process is expected to produce some temporary turbidity (cloudiness) in the water. Turbidity will be closely monitored and if levels rise too high, construction will be temporarily suspended and modified to meet permitted amounts.

Operations will run mostly 24/7 and any time during construction, up to a 1,000-foot long area of the beach may closed to the public. Beaches east and west of the construction area will be open to the public and sand ramps will be placed over the pipeline to allow beachgoers access to the gulf.

For weekly updates, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov. For questions about the renourishment process, best shelling locations, environmental concerns or timeline, contact County Engineer Roger Blaylock at 850-981-7100. 

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