JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - The Duval County Shore Protection Project is scheduled to resume Saturday, April 8. The project was put on hold in December.
Equipment for the project is already staged at the beachfront parking lot on 16th Avenue South.
“It’s an eyesore!," said longtime Jacksonville Beach resident Ruth Dunne. " But it’s a needed eyesore so I’m okay with it."
The project aims to replenish eroded beach and rebuild the dunes devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said dredged sand will be pumped through a subline to the pipes on the beach.
“Oh I want the dunes to be restored because that’s what’s gonna help us for future hurricanes,” Dunne said.
Dunne’s friend, Heidi Rodriguez, recalls the hit the beaches took from Hurricane Matthew.
“I come out here every day and to not be able to do that and then to see the quite contrasting difference was pretty dramatic,” Rodriguez said.
This is the tentative construction timeline, according to the Army Corps of Engineers:
- April 8: 2nd Street to 11th Street
- April 15: 11th Street to 18th Street
- April 22: 1st Avenue North to 9th Avenue North
- April 29: 7th Avenue South to 1st Avenue North
- May 7: 16th Avenue South to 7th Avenue South
The goal is to finish the project by June 1, which is the start of hurricane season.
While the contractor plans to close around 1,200 feet of beach at a time during the project, the beach will remain open outside of work areas.