Fernandina Beach Sand Pumping Operations Kick Off

Image source: City of Fernandina Beach Government

Sand pumping operations for the Nassau County beach renourishment project are projected to begin this week, said the City of Fernandina Beach Government in their latest announcement. 

This work will continue twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (holidays included) until completion, according to the release.

USACE estimates that the contractor – Manson Construction – will place about 340,000 cubic yards at Fernandina Beach and 170,000 cubic yards at Fort Clinch State Park, with approx. 930,000 cubic yards of non-beach compatible sand between the approved nearshore disposal area and an offshore disposal site.

The dredging and beach renourishment works are expected to last for approximately three months. USACE also added that the operations will end before March 31, which is the end of the environmental turtle window allowing hopper dredging.

Sponsored by the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and the City of Fernandina Beach, the project is critical to commercial cargo transiting the port and also to the Navy base, which shares the entrance channel.

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