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05-15-05

Broward County ’s Beach Renourishment Project (Segment III)
Week Ending May 15, 2005

This week not only saw the completion of the submerged pipeline and dredge mooring facility offshore in Hollywood, but the first dredge load of sand was placed onto the beach. Nearly 4,300 cubic yards of sand, equivalent to about 360 dump truck loads, were pumped on to create new beach.

Because this area of the beach in south Hollywood is extremely narrow, the first few loads will be used to elevate the pipe landing so that subsequent loads will not bury the pipe (see the last photo below).  The first dredging efforts will proceed slowly in order to calibrate the dredge’s suction and pumping operations for the particular characteristics of the material. 

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A preparatory operational and safety meeting was held on the beach in Hollywood to insure that everything goes smoothly.

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A diver readies the laying of the final flex hose and dredge mooring offshore as others look on.

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Preparatory operational and safety meeting on the bridge of the dredge.

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The dredge Liberty Island preparing to work.

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Aboard the Liberty Island looking aft (to the rear) from the bridge.

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Loading sand at the borrow site.

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The small boat is measuring the turbidity (water cloudiness) during dredging. 

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Sand slurry arriving at the beach from the Liberty Island. The sand first appears dark, but it will quickly bleach out to a light gray color under the sunlight.


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