The USACE Jacksonville District awarded a contract on January 11 to Eastman Aggregate Enterprises for $ 11 million for the Broward County Segment II Shore Protection Project.
The contractor will place approximately 390,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand along 8.9 miles of eroded Atlantic Ocean shoreline in central Broward County, between the Hillsboro Inlet and the Port Everglades Inlet.
The project area includes the municipalities of Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and the northern portion of Fort Lauderdale, to the area approximately one half mile south of Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
According to USACE, the scheme will help provide storm protection for the coastal population and infrastructure, habitat for several endangered animals including sea turtles, and recreational beaches for visitors and residents.
“Migratory shorebird and sea turtle monitoring will be conducted daily, and sea turtle nests will be relocated if necessary. If there are any sea turtle nests in the construction area, they will be monitored and protected until the hatchlings have emerged from the nest,” said USACE.
This 2021 beach renourishment project is 100 percent federally funded via the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-123), which goes toward projects that will reduce risk to communities damaged by storm events.