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Artificial Mitigation Reef Construction to Begin
 
In mid to late May, the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will begin construction of artificial mitigation reefs in the water east of the Satellite Beach shoreline.  These reefs will be low lying, concrete mats topped with coquina limestone and will be located in approximately fifteen feet of water, roughly 1,000 feet from the beach.  The first reef site will be constructed east of Pelican Beach Park. 

In total, there will be ten reef sites constructed in patches from Pelican Beach Park to just south of Howard E. Futch Memorial Park at Paradise Beach.  Construction of the ten sites will occur over the summers of 2017 and 2018 when weather is the most favorable.

The ten sites will form approximately 4.8 acres of reef area constructed to mitigate up to three acres of nearshore coquina rock reef which may be impacted by sand during future beach restoration work by the Corps.  Although the future beach work will focus on avoiding nearshore rock during sand placement, some rock (<10%) may be covered by sand as the beach equilibrates.

The reef mats have a low relief that will not influence the wave break and were designed to provide good habitat for diverse colonies of marine life.  The reef project should not affect beachgoers, but a crane barge will be visible as it works constructing the artificial reefs offshore.

Brevard County serves as the local sponsor for this work.


 
B​revard C​ounty's N​orth R​each W​ins
2014 B​est R​estored B​each A​ward

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association has announced that Brevard County's North Reach is a winner of its 2014 Best Restored Beach Award.  The North Reach, which includes the Cities of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, extends 9.4 miles between Jetty Park and Patrick AFB.  Restoration efforts on the once highly eroded beaches have exceeded expectations in the face of extraordinary storm events and helped turn a shoreline of seawalls and rock revetments into one of wide beaches and flourishing dunes.  Recovery projects implemented in 2005 and 2014 have helped sustain the integrity of the project initially begun in the fall of 2000.  The estimated annual $1.6 billion economic impact by Brevard's beach related tourism greatly exceeds the restoration costs.

 

Natural Resources Beach Management - North Reach before after
Before and after construction of the North Reach Shore Protection Project, Cocoa Beach

The Brevard County Beach Management Program administers several beach restoration projects that place beach quality sand and native dune vegetation along the Atlantic shoreline to protect upland property and maintain healthy beaches to be enjoyed by residents, tourists and wildlife.

Brevard County Natural Resources - Crowded BeachBecause healthy beaches are essential to Brevard’s tourism based economy, the Tourist Development Council has dedicated a portion of the bed tax (collected from hotels and motels) to fund the local cost share of most County beach management projects.

In addition to traditional beach projects, Brevard County continues to seek innovative technologies which may improve the function or cost effectiveness of future beach restoration projects.

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