Commissioners to vote on Singer Island dune restoration project

Posted at 7:32 PM, Dec 05, 2016

Strong winds from hurricane season took a toll on Singer Island beaches.

Now, up for a vote by the Palm Beach County Commission is whether to give the green light on a dune restoration project.

Robert Robbins, the director of the County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, says the dune restoration project is important.

He says the coastline needs it and so do the sea turtles hatchlings that rely on the beach to survive.

Officials want to start rebuilding the dunes as soon as possible so it doesn’t interfere with nesting season.

The work would stretch about a mile from Ocean Reef Park to MacArthur Beach State Park. The idea behind the project is that building strong dunes would protect against flooding and erosion.

The project costs about $1.4 million and would be paid for with tourism taxes.

County leaders will vote on the dune project at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

If approved, it would begin this month and go through February, possibly into the beginning of March.