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.
What’s Happening Now?
Rehabilitation Project of Federal Shore Protection Project
The Army Corps of Engineers is moving swiftly to initiate construction of the Segment II and Segment III rehabilitation projects in Winter 2020. Construction will be completed in 2021/2022. These projects will replace losses from Hurricane Irma and rebuild the beaches to their full design above and below the water line where feasible. Dunes were requested to be included as a betterment in the Segment III project. Please direct questions or comments to email@example.com
Segment II - Broward County Shore Protection Project
The U.S. 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. The project is estimated to place approximately 387,800 cubic yards of upland sand along the shoreline, with 100% cost share by the federal government. Temporary beach construction access point closures will be necessary and public access will be restricted on the beach area directly under construction; however, all efforts will be made to accommodate beach access to residents and guests, while assuring safe construction operations. Public outreach meetings will be scheduled to address project details and timelines once plans are finalized.
Segment III - Broward County Shore Protection Project
Similar to the pending Segment II Project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a beach restoration project along the shorelines of Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, Dania, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beaches. This project is expected to place approximately 887,000 cubic yards of upland sand on the along the shoreline, with 100% cost share by the federal government. Where feasible, shore protective dunes may be placed as part of the project. As part of planning efforts, beach front property owners should expect outreach from the County regarding the procurement of a Storm Damage Reduction Easement (SDRE), allowing temporary construction access to beach front property. For details regarding SDREs, please see the FAQ document PDF available on this page, below. Public outreach meetings will be scheduled to address project details and timelines as planning progresses.
SDRE_FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.pdf
Segment III - Port Everglades Sand Bypass
Staff has finalized the mitigation plan for the Port Everglades Sand Bypass project and received the final federal permit. Procurement is anticipated to begin in October. Public outreach will begin by February 2021. Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2021. The Army Corps of Engineers will award the contract for the south jetty rehabilitation in late August.
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