The Jupiter/Carlin Beach Renourishment Project began earlier this month and the entire beach between the Jupiter Inlet and Carlin Park, approximately 1.5 miles, will receive around 300,000 cubic yards of sand.
Originally, the project was to include 800,000 cubic yards of sand which would have been dredged from a borrow area located eight miles south of Jupiter. Due to a higher than expected bid and limited federal funding, the project was scaled down and the sand will be hauled in by trucks as well as by dredge.
The 100,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from offshore comes to the site courtesy of the federal government as a part of their Hurricane Safety recovery efforts. The remainder of the sand, 12,000 truckloads, is being mined from an inland source.
The end result will be a restored dune and a 50-foot-wide beach. The project is expected to be completed by March of next year.
The staging area is located at the north end of Carlin Park. The project is expected to cost $5.5 million and will be funded jointly by the federal, state and county governments. The County’s share of this funding comes from revenue collected from the Local Option Tourist Development Tax. Otherwise known as the “bed tax”, a tax on hotels and other housing accommodations that rent units for six months or less.
Palm Beach County conducts ongoing efforts to stabilize the shoreline through beach nourishment and dune restoration projects. These types of projects provide improved beaches to our residents and visitors and provide sea turtle nesting habitat.