Brevard County Receives $35 Million Federal Funding For Beach Restoration, Protection

By  //  June 12, 2018

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restoration will take place in December 2019 and May 2020

More than $35 million has been earmarked for beach restoration in Brevard County under a 2018 Work Plan funding list released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (VisitSpaceCoast Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – More than $35 million has been earmarked for beach restoration in Brevard County under a 2018 Work Plan funding list released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Work Plan includes approximately $28.4 million for initial construction of the Mid-Reach segment of the Brevard County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project.

The restoration is expected to take place between December 2019 and May 2020.

The Mid-Reach project was specifically designed to provide storm protection benefits while, at the same time, minimize impacts to the nearshore rock reef habitat.

The Mid-Reach Project will provide continued maintenance of Brevard County’s shoreline which will sustain healthy beaches for the enjoyment of residents and visitors and furnish habitat for endangered species, including thousands of sea turtles that nest along the Mid-Reach each year. Sand placement along this shoreline is essential in order to avoid coastal armoring.

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In some Florida communities armoring has narrowed the public beach and reduced sea turtle nesting habitat.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also committed an additional $7 million in Flood Control Coastal Emergency funding to repair hurricane Irma damage in the South Reach of the federal project. This work is expected in early 2020 in the towns of Indialantic and Melbourne Beach.

For more information about the Mid Reach Project, contact Mike McGarry at Mike.Mcgarry@brevardfl.gov or 321-372-5194.

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