PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Palm Beach County beaches will be getting a facelift this winter with several beach re-nourishment projects going on. North and south Boca, Delray, Ocean Ridge, and Jupiter are all on the docket to receive the new sand.
Boca, Delray, and Ocean Ridge will all get the sand from borrow areas not far offshore, which will allow them to use a hydraulic dredge to pump the sand directly from the ocean floor to the beach.
The projects will be managed by the Army Corp of Engineers and built by Marinex construction. The Ocean Ridge project will be approximately 550,000 cubic yards, Delray Beach project is 425,000 cubic yards and the North Boca Raton project will be 625,000 cubic yards. The cost for all three projects is nearly $16,000,000. Approximately half of the cost will be paid by the federal government (US Army Corps of Engineers) and the remainder will be paid by the State of Florida, Palm Beach County, and the cities of Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
The Jupiter project will be a little different, thanks to the borrow site being farther offshore... about 8 miles. Cashman Dredging will use a "hopper" dredge which will pump sand onto the ship, then the ship will travel to the beach site and pump it onshore. Starting in mid-December, only a small portion of the project will be done this year which will be the emergency Hurricane Sandy damage money. The 85,000 cubic yards will be paid entirely by the federal government, about 4 million dollars.
There is also an ICW dredging project scheduled to occur in Jupiter around the same time. This project is also being built and paid for by the US Army Corps of Engineers. This project will place approximately 150,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach in Jupiter.
Later next year Palm Beach County will finish the rest of the Jupiter project, about 900,000 cubic yards of sand. The cost is unknown at this time and will be split between the Army Corps, the State of Florida, and Palm Beach County.
All projects must be complete by turtle nesting season, which starts May 1st.
Maps of the renourishment areas below: