FEMA Dune Enhancement Project enters next phase

Following the completion of the Butler Beach Reach (portion of the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project), St. Johns County has moved on to the next segment of this project – the South Ponte Vedra Beach Reach.

Recently completed the Butler Beach reach portion of the project/Photo courtesy of Olsen Associates, Inc

The Butler Beach Reach portion is one of four beach restoration efforts included in the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project due to the impacts of Hurricanes Ian and Nicole in Florida.

The other three efforts include Ponte Vedra Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach, and Crescent Beach. The County will perform the restoration in phases to reduce public access restrictions and increase public safety, as well as the efficiency of its resources to complete this massive project.

South Ponte Vedra Beach Reach – this portion of the project mobilized October 9th at South Ponte Vedra Park. On Thursday, Oct. 26, St. Johns County will temporarily close the 2700 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd. Public Beach Parking Lot for public safety as crews begin work on the next phase of the project.

For this phase of the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project, St. Johns County selected construction company Phillips & Jordan, Inc.

The aim of the project is to enhance the dune system by adding sand at the seaward edge of the existing dune, planting sea oats and supporting vegetation, and creating a more uniform front to the dune system along the beache.