Santa Rosa County received notification that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated or approved up to $1.76 million in federal funding for the repair of four miles of beach damage caused by Tropical Storm Debby.
The project will include beach sand renourishment and the replacement of 84,600 sea oats. The total project is estimated at $2.35 million, with federal funding covering 75 percent, the state of Florida 12.5 percent, and Santa Rosa County 12.5 percent.
The project has several steps that must take place before beach renourishment can begin including the final state approval, permitting, and project approval by the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners including funding allocation and the bid for contract services.
The county has also applied for $764,000 in disaster assistance for beach damage from Hurricane Isaac which has yet to be approved or denied by FEMA.
Santa Rosa County Engineering is exploring options to combine these projects into the planned full renourishment project of Navarre Beach slated for late 2013 and 2014, which is estimated at $10.13 million. The last full renourishment of Navarre Beach took place in 2006.
The restoration project at Navarre Beach was designed to restore a critical protective buffer to the upland along approximately four miles of Gulf shoreline repeatedly damaged by multiple storms.
The initial planning and permitting called for placement of 2.2 million cubic yards of sand to construct the designed beach and dune and 240,000 cubic yards of material for advanced nourishment.
The sand was transferred from a borrow area, located approximately four miles offshore in 60 to 70 feet of water, via hopper dredge and offloaded for beach fill placement via submerged pipelines.
Construction began in March 2006 and was completed in mid-November 2006 with a final pay volume of almost three million cubic yards.
The final fill volume placed was approximately 500,000 cubic yards more than the volume originally estimated and permitted. This was the result of erosional losses within the project from storms after the permit was issued but, before construction commenced.
A vegetated dune feature was included in the design.
The project won the Best Community Beach category as well as garnering the highest overall vote total in the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s 2012 “Best of the Best” Restored Beaches contest.
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