Boca beach renourishment project set to begin

Posted at 7:14 PM, Mar 17, 2016

When snowbirds Dena and Malcolm Chesler want to get away - they only have one place in mind.

"The beach is the main attraction, definitely," Malcolm says.

They say they've been visiting the beach in Boca Raton for years.

Now those same beaches are getting a much needed facelift.

"If you want things better, you have to make them better," Dena says.

Officials with Coastal Management say workers were still assembling their equipment as of Thursday.

By the time the re-nourishment project gets underway next week, it'll be 24/7.

It's an $11 million dollar project that stretches from red reef park to the inlet - about 1.4 miles in total.

Workers will pump sand from the ocean and on to the shore.

The end result makes up for natural erosion, prepares the beaches for storms, and gives you more beach to enjoy.

"When you do things that are constructive, that are helping the community and are good for people, how can you say that's not a good thing," Malcolm says.

This project joins similar projects that have sprung up over the past few years in Juno Beach, Lake Worth, Jupiter and other areas.

"They did widen it in Delray Beach...made a lot of difference," Malcolm says. "There's more people coming, it brings in money."

Costal management says it's doing what it can to minimize the impacts - roping off construction areas and monitoring sea turtle nesting activity so their habitat isn't disturbed..

As for beachgoers, with less than two miles affected, officials don't expect it to be too much of an inconvenience.

The Cheslers agree.

"It's a very big beach. It goes for miles and miles and miles...I know we can always find a quiet spot if we want it," Dena says.

The project should start next week - and continues through April.

If you want to follow along with the progress of the project, the city will be posting pictures and updates on their their website once it begins.

If you want to keep updated on how things are going, visit this link.