Dump trucks full of sand coming to Fort Pierce for emergency efforts to fight beach erosion

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. — Dump trucks full of sand should start arriving at the South Jetty Park beach about 7 a.m. Tuesday to shore up the dune and keep waves from washing over Seaway Drive.

It's the second emergency beach renourishment by the St. Lucie County Erosion District in as many months, and officials hope it will keep the dune stable until a large-scale project by the Army Corps of Engineers dumps 415,000 cubic yards of sand on 1.3 miles of beach south of the Fort Pierce Inlet.

Winds and rains have caused the beach to recede 10 feet a month, said Jim David, St. Lucie County mosquito control and coastal management services director.

The 200 cubic yards of sand being hauled by 10 or so dump trucks from a mine off Indrio Road in northwestern St. Lucie County will cover an area about 50 by 50 feet, David said, "and should give us 30 days or so of protection."

David said the project will take just a few hours.

Richard Bouchard, St. Lucie County coastal engineer, said the $3,000 cost will come from the erosion district's reserve fund.

The county placed 200 cubic yards of sand in the same spot Nov. 10. In April, the erosion district spent $1.4 million to dump more than 50,000 cubic yards of sand along a 1,700-foot stretch of shoreline just south of the inlet, adding about 100 feet of beach width.

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