There are 24-miles of sandy beaches along the Broward County coastline that are enjoyed by South Florida residents and millions of visitors each year. Beaches support tourism and the local economy, protect property and upland infrastructure, and provide critical habitat for sea turtles, shore birds, and other marine wildlife. It is estimated that Broward beaches:
- Attract more than 12.8 million visitors a year to the County
- Contribute more than $6 billion annually to our local economy
- Add $1.4 billion to County property values
- Impact local government tax revenues by $29 million annually
- Protect more than $4 billion in shorefront property, structures, and infrastructure
- Provide a nesting habitat for thousands of leatherback, green, and loggerhead sea turtles annually
The County has actively managed its beaches for more than 50-years. The long-term management of the County's shoreline requires close partnership with State and Federal agencies, and consists of shore protection projects (beach nourishment), dune enhancement, and attention to regional sediment management.
Beach nourishment is a shore protection method that is implemented to retain and rebuild eroding beaches. It is the only shore protection method that adds sand to the coastal system, and it is currently the preferred method of shore protection. Beach-quality sand, from either an offshore borrow area or upland sand mine, is placed along the coastline to restore an eroding beach, ultimately widening the beach and advancing the shoreline seaward. Like any other major infrastructure, restored beaches must be maintained to stay healthy. Think of Broward County’s beaches like a road, requiring periodic resurfacing, but with sand. To ensure that a nourished beach continues to provide protection from the effects of hurricanes and coastal storms, the project must be supplemented with additional quantities of sand, called beach maintenance or “re”-nourishment, as needed. Dunes may also be constructed, or restored, acting as a naturally protective buffer to protect the beach and upland communities.
History & Partners
What’s Happening Now?
The Army Corps of Engineers just completed an emergency, post-Hurricane Irma project along the shorelines of Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, Dania, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beaches. This project placed approximately 135,000 cubic yards of sand on the dry portion of the beach.
In Fall 2019, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to start construction of a post-Hurricane Irma repair project in Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Fort Lauderdale.