Brevard expected to OK $69M for beach renourishment after hurricanes Ian, Nicole

Commissioners to vote Tuesday on project between county, Army Corps of Engineers

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – After months of trucking sand close to Sebastian Inlet, Brevard County Tuesday is expected to approve $69 million for restoring beaches between the Pineda Causeway and Melbourne Beach.

Commissioner John Tobia said the new project is part of a 50-year agreement between the county and the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Couldn’t find a good reason to vote against it even if I wanted to,” Tobia told News 6 Monday. “This is all federal dollars. This is an agreement that was signed 25 years ago and worked very well for the county.”

Hurricanes Ian and Nicole last year stripped dunes on the coast. Crews started trucking in sand for the Floridana Beach area back in January.

At Coconut Point Park, which that project restored, Alexandra Flammini pointed out what a difference a few months makes.

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“After the hurricane, it was really high up. The dunes were basically gone,” she said. “Since then, the dunes have gotten higher so there’s not as much breakage with the waves. It’s really nice now.”

Tobia talked about the importance of maintaining beaches. The county’s tourism office said the beach is the top reason people visit.

“A large driver of Brevard County is the beaches as well as the folks who live on the beach, as well as our residents who enjoy the beach,” Tobia said. “So it’s extremely important, not only from an environmental aspect, but from a tourism and residential one.”

The county said all work on renourishment projects is paused until the end of sea turtle nesting season at the end of October.

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James joined News 6 in March 2016 as the Brevard County Reporter. His arrival was the realization of a three-year effort to return to the state where his career began. James is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.