Beach renourishment underway

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Beach renourishment underway:

$16 million federal project to address areas in north and mid beaches

Over the next six months, four erosion “hot spots” on Miami Beach will be replenished with sand from central Florida. The $16 million federally-funded project started this past week around 64th Street. According to Mayor Dan Gelber, this first phase will run from January through March. 

In a Facebook post, he noted, “The sand being brought in is beach quality sand (no aggregate materials) and once delivery starts (tomorrow, Jan 8) it will be spread and tilled to increase the height and width of the beach in the area of each renourishment.”

In an October presentation on the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) said a total of 305,000 cubic yards of sand will be trucked in and placed along four Miami Beach Hot Spot areas.

In addition to the 64th Street area, the other sections are around 55th (which also received replenishment in 2017, photo above), 46th, and 27th Streets.


64th Street Hot Spot
6000-6800 Collins (underway): 125,000 Cubic Yards
Staging and access area, Allison Park

55th Street Hot Spot
5300-5500 Collins (March-April): 71,000 CY
Staging area, Beach View Park

46th Street Hot Spot
4400-4700 Collins (April-June): 85,000 CY 
Staging and Access Area, Indian Beach Park

27th Street Hot Spot
2600-2900 Collins Avenue (May-June): 24,000 CY
Staging and access area, 36th street Park

According to the USACE, it is anticipated there will be between 100 to 250 truck loads of sand a day. (Each truck makes 2-3 trips per day.)

While work was tentatively scheduled to begin in November, it didn’t start until this past week but contract completion is required by end of June and the schedule reflects that.

The USACE said you can expect to see and hear heavy machinery including dump trucks, bulldozers, and backhoes. Trucks are permitted to be in staging areas from 6:00 am through 11:00 pm and trucks and equipment are allowed on the beach from sunrise to sunset, 7:00 am through 7:00 pm.

Some areas of the beach and parking lots will be fenced off for safety.

Precautions are being taken to protect wildlife with daily monitoring of migratory shorebird and sea turtles by Miami-Dade County and the contractor. An “all clear” is required each morning. Once sea turtle nesting season begins on April 1, any nests will be relocated out of construction areas, as authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

For more information and for project updates,


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