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WILL THE BEACH BE CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION?
During construction, the Contractor will have to close short segments of the beach in order to safely place and grade the new sand. The Contractor will close only small areas of beach at any one time. The work is expected to progress quickly and any particular area will only be affected for a few days, at most. Sand ramps will be constructed over the shore-pipe to allow access to the waterline before the pipeline is removed from the finished areas of the project.
WHAT PUBLIC ACCESS POINTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION?
Public access to the area near the rock breakwater just north of the Amelia Island State Park limits will be restricted for roughly one week while beach fill occurs in that area. Patrons of the Park’s concessionaires will be able to access the beach south of the work zone by traveling south near the vegetation line. Similarly access at the South County Beach Access will be limited during the brief period the beach fill operations occur in that area. As above, the work is expected to progress quickly and any particular area will only be affected for a few days, at most. Sand ramps will be constructed over the shore-pipe to allow access to the waterline before the pipeline is removed from the finished areas of the project.
WHAT ARE THE AUTHORIZED WORK HOURS?
Dredging and sand placement will occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
WHICH CONTRACTOR(S) WILL BE PERFORMING THE WORK?
S.J. Hamill Construction and Marinex Construction will be building the project.
WHAT PROTECTIONS ARE PROVIDED FOR WILDLIFE DURING THE PROJECT?
Each day during the project, trained environmental monitors will be scanning the work areas for sea turtle nesting and shorebird activity. Sea turtle nests laid within the immediate project work zone will be relocated to safe areas elsewhere on the island. The environmental monitors will determine if buffer zones are needed to protect shorebirds. The Contractors must abide by the environmental protection conditions listed in the State and Federal permits.
HOW MUCH SAND WILL BE PLACED DURING THE PROJECT?
A total of 1,800,000 cubic yards (cy) of sand will be placed along the 17,100-ft (3.2-mile) project length. As seen in the image below, the construction template will advance the shoreline roughly 170 ft seaward. The Contractors will utilize the Savannah, a 24” hydraulic cutterhead-suction-pipeline dredge. The dredge will excavate sand from the NE portion of the Nassau Sound ebb shoal and pump that sand onto the shoreline, from the Park shoreline near the rock breakwater northward to Burney Park. The sand borrow area is designed to mimic the natural tidal channels that periodically form along the margins of the ebb shoal and migrate through the ebb shoal (the excavation will not create a full new channel into the estuary). In this way, the excavation will gradually shoal in over time.