What is Beach Restoration?

Beach erosion threatens the very resource that residents and visitors enjoy. One way to restore eroded beaches is through beach nourishment. In a typical beach nourishment project, sand is collected from an offshore location by a dredge and is piped onto the beach. A slurry of sand and water exits the pipe on the beach and once the water drains away, only sand is left behind. Bulldozers move this new sand on the beach until the beach matches the design profile. Beach nourishment is a preferred way to add sand to a system which has been starved by the altered inlets because it provides a significant level of storm protection benefits for upland properties and is the least impacting to the coastal system. An additional benefit of beach restoration projects is that they quickly restore shorebird and marine turtle habitat.

Flagler County will soon undergo an extensive beach restoration project to continue to provide invaluable protection and benefit to our beautiful community. Updates will be posted once the project is underway.